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Meteor shower expected this weekend, public invited to star gazing parties

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Posted at 4:54 PM, May 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-23 18:54:05-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- For the first time, Earth will pass through a new trail of comet debris that may create what stargazers hope will be a spectacular light show.

Some forecasts for the Camelopardalid shower show there could be between 200 and 1,000 meteors an hour between 2 and 4 a.m. Eastern Time Saturday.

FOX 13 News' Dave Nemeth has more information on the meteor shower in the video above.

The Salt Lake Astronomical Society is staging two star-gazing parties over the weekend. One is Friday night at Wheeler Farm in Midvale, 6351 South 900 East, and the second is Saturday night at the Stansbury Park Observatory in Tooele County. Both events are free to attend, and both are scheduled to begin at about 10 p.m. or dusk, according to the society's website.