Look Up Tonight! There’s Going to be a Meteor Shower

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Night of stars, meteors and the milky way (Rajesh Gunasekaran/CNN iReport)

(CNN) — The cosmos has aligned, quite literally, for families, space geeks and insomniacs alike, as the Earth is set to intercept a new meteor shower late Friday into Saturday.

The scientists who discovered the cosmic debris say the Camelopardalid shower could be “significant.”

Some forecasts show 200 to 1,000 meteors an hour between 2 and 4 a.m. Eastern Time on Saturday.

NASA says North America is in the best position to get a glimpse because the peak of the shower will appear during our nighttime, and the debris will “radiate” from a position favorable for viewing.

“We expect these meteors to radiate from a point in Camelopardalis, also known as ‘the giraffe,’ a faint constellation near the North Star,” according to Bill Cooke, who heads NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office.

More than just the potential for a spectacular light show, stargazers could witness a rare cosmic event.

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