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Evidence found for unseen comet that may threaten Earth

A surprise meteor shower spotted in February was probably caused by cosmic “bread crumbs,” dropped by an undiscovered comet that could potentially pose a threat to Earth, astronomers announced Wednesday.

The tiny meteoroids that streaked through Earth’s atmosphere for a few hours on Feb. 4 represent a previously unknown meteor shower, researchers said. The “shooting stars” arrived from the direction of the star Eta Draconis, so the shower is called the February Eta Draconids, or FEDs for short.