UPDATED: Meteor shower making debut early Saturday

Photo: Mark Almond/AP

You may be able to watch a never been seen meteor shower very early Saturday morning, and it might even turn into a full-fledged storm.

The planet will pass by debris from Comet 209P/Linear, for the first time.  The dusty debris is what creates the meteor shower. Scientists believe the shower could produce three, four or more - possibly a few hundred more - shooting stars per minute.

The best time for Montrealers to watch the sky is between 2-4 AM Saturday, if the weather holds up.

“The best case is to have clear skies, or partly clear skies, if there's a thin layer of clouds you may be able to see a few fire balls,” Andrew Fazekas, the Night Sky Guy, said.

“You can head out to your backyard, turn off all lights and see the show, if you can, get out of the city, where it’s a lot darker and there’s less light pollution.  The less light, the better the light show," Fazekas said.

Comet 209P/Linear was discovered in 2004 by astrologers that predicted the meteor shower on May 24, 2014. It will be about 7.6 million miles (12.2 million kilometres) from Earth on Saturday. 

Next Tuesday, the comet will pass within 5 million miles (8 million kilometres).

The shower's name is a mouthful: Camelopardalids. It's named after the giraffe constellation.

If the weather is overcast you can watch the meteor shower on NASA’s live broadcast which will be up at www.thenightskyguy.com.

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