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Stay up late Friday for unique meteor shower

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

This weekend, Earth will pass through a stream of debris from Comet 209P/LINEAR and enthusiasts hope for a great show.

If forecasters are correct, the encounter could produce an outburst of bright meteors numbering more than 200 per hour. This never-seen-before meteor shower is called Camelopardalid.

Best time to look up is between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. Saturday, May 24. Because Earth has never encountered this stream of debris before, forecasters cannot be certain of their predictions. The display could be a complete dud, a fantastic "meteor storm," or anything in between.

Earth won't be the only body passing through the debris zone. The moon will be, too. Meteoroids hitting the lunar surface could produce explosions visible through backyard telescopes on Earth. The moon rises around 3 a.m. Saturday morning.

Enjoy the potential show and remember to be away from city lights!

If you can't make it out of the city for the meteor shower, click here for a live chat and Ustream from NASA.

You can access the Ustream directly by clicking here.

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