Tau Herculids meteor shower: May 30-31 could see 1,000 shooting stars per hour
While the term "shooting star" is a misnomer, seeing a bright object arc across the night sky is a sight to behold. May will finish with a cosmic surprise owing to a comet that is now being shattered.
The debris cloud that resulted from the disintegration of the 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann (SW3) comet caused the Tau Herculids meteor shower. 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. 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.
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