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Never-Before-Seen Meteor Shower Will Light Up Night Sky This Weekend

Startrails and Meteor
Babek Tafresh—Getty Images A bright meteor during Perseid meteor shower (Aug. 12) is captured in a startrail image of constellation Orion.

100 to 400 meteors an hour will streak across the sky Friday night to Saturday morning

People in the U.S. and Canada will be treated to a never-before-seen meteor shower this weekend, set to peak the evening of Friday, May 23 into early Saturday morning. The sky will be lit with between 100 to 400 meteors an hour in the “Camelopardalids” shower.

“It’s brand new,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Mark Paquette of the Camelopardalids shower.

This weekend’s weather forecast means sky watchers in California, Ohio, Virginia, and North Carolina will have the best view. Clouds might obstruct the show in the Pacific Northwest, the Rockies, New England and the Great Plains, however.

In case of bad weather, people can live stream the shower via NASA. The shower will hit peak meteor activity between midnight and 2 a.m. Saturday morning.

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