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Never before seen meteor shower overnight Friday

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The meteor shower is forecast to be at its peak between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. CST. The meteor shower is forecast to be at its peak between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. CST.
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

It's the meteor shower you've never heard of because no one has seen it before! A new meteor shower is expected during the overnight hours Friday night into early Saturday morning.  

The meteors, which will appear as bright streaks of light zipping across the night sky, are the result of the earth passing through the streams of dust left behind from Comet209P/LINEAR. The comet was first identified back in 2004.  

The part of the dust trail we'll be passing through is largely believed to be from the debris left behind by the comet back in the 1800s.  Because no records of this comet exist, scientists are unsure of what kind of show to expect.  In the present day this comet is not very active, but it could have been a different story back in the 1800s.  So this show could be a boom just as much as it could be a bust.  If the most optimistic forecasts come true we could be in for a show of more than 200 meteors per hour!

The meteors are expected to radiate from the constellation Camelopardalis, hence the name. Camelopardalis is a faint constellation near Polaris, the North Star.

When to Look: Between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. CST. The meteor shower is forecast to be at it's peak at this time, but meteors could be visible earlier than this.

Where to Look: Up! An open view to the north away from city lights is best.

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