May will finish with a cosmic surprise owing to a comet that is now being shattered. According to NASA, the comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann or SW3 will produce a spectacular meteor shower on the night of May 30 and the early morning of May 31. According to NASA, the next Tau Herculids meteor shower could be one of the brightest in the sky this year.
According to NASA, the night of May 30 and the early morning of May 31 will bring a powerful meteor shower courtesy of the comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann or SW3. NASA says that the upcoming meteor shower named tau Herculids might be one of the brightest ones lighting up the sky this year.
The tau Herculids meteor shower is a result of the debris cloud that resulted from the fragmentation of the 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann (SW3) comet. After its discovery in 1930, the comet disappeared until reappearing in the 1970s. After its re-discovery, the comet looked normal until 1995 and was hard to spot without a telescope. However, further monitoring revealed that the comet had become about 600 times brighter and was relatively easier to spot with the naked eye.
The comet’s brightness was confirmed as a result of SW3’s disintegration, since it had split into many pieces and was leaving an orbital path formed of its own debris, according to the astronomers. The comet was in roughly 70 pieces when it reached Earth in 2006, according to the researchers, and has continued to fracture since then.
When to see the Tau Herculid meteor shower?
It’s probable that we’ll see the birth of a brand new meteor shower named the tau Herculids on the evening of May 30 into the morning of May 31. There’s even a chance it’ll erupt into a stunning outburst or a historic meteor storm that skywatchers will remember for years.
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