Ohioans Expected to Get Meteor Show

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Clear skies predicted for much of Ohio should make for prime viewing for a meteor shower early Saturday.

That's when our planet will pass by debris from Comet 209P/Linear. 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.

Experts say the shower should peak from around 2 a.m. until nearly dawn. Some observatories around the state are opening their doors to visitors who want a better look, although the show will be visible to the naked eye throughout North America.

Comet 209P/Linear was discovered in 2004. It will be about 7.6 million miles from Earth on Saturday.

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

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