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New meteor shower could be seen Friday night

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If you stay up into the early morning hours of Saturday, you may see a brand new meteor shower.

Friday night, the Earth will be passing through the orbit of a comet discovered back in 2004. Debris from the comet will burn up in the Earth's atmosphere and create the meteor shower.

This is the first time the Earth has ever lined up with the comet, so scientist are unsure how big the meteor shower will be. But they predict, under peak conditions, star gazers could see up to 400 meteors an hour.

The meteor activity is expected to start around 9:30 p.m. Friday night, but peak viewing time is expected to be between 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. Saturday morning. They should be visible until dawn when the sun will wash them out.

Those wishing to watch the shower should look up towards the northern part of the sky. If you live in an area where you can't see the sky due to light pollution or cloud cover, you can watch the meteor shower online.

NASA will start its live stream at 8:30 p.m. and can be seen here.

Slooh, a robotic telescope, will also be streaming the shower. Their stream starts at 10:00 p.m. and can be viewed on YouTube here.

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