Heads Up! Comet SW3 May Cause A Massive Meteor Shower with More Than 1,000 Fireballs Per Hour

Heads Up! Comet SW3 May Cause A Massive Meteor Shower with More Than 1,000 Fireballs Per Hour

– Heads up! On May 30-31, 2022, we might have a brief-but-intense meteor display, thanks to a comet that split apart in 1995 and is apparently still fragmenting. It might happen, as Earth passes through a particularly dense stream of icy particles which the comet left behind in the years 1995, 1897 and 1892.
Intense meteor display possible from comet SW3
If it does happen, we’ll see a grand display of meteors! And, even if it doesn’t, this comet is one you’ll want to come to know.
The meteor shower is the Tau Herculids. Its parent comet is 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3, aka SW3. Astronomers found this comet in 1930. It orbits the sun every 5.4 years. And the comet will be in our evening sky again, in July and August 2022. It’s not an intrinsically bright comet. But it’s an exceptionally interesting comet. In 1995, astronomers watched as this comet began to fracture and litter its orbit with an increasing amount of debris.

That’s why, by some recent calculations, the May 2022 Tau Herculid meteor shower – spawned by SW3 – might be an intense display. Bill Cooke, who leads NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, said:

Learn More: https://strangesounds.org/2022/05/watch-out-for-comet-sw3-it-may-cause-a-massive-meteor-shower-with-more-than-1000-fireball-per-hours-in-late-may.html #CometSW3 #News #Space

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