When to Watch the Tau Herculid Meteor Shower
Meteors aren’t rare: T here are space particles falling toward Earth constantly, and if you look closely for long enough on any given evening, you’re likely to see one or more streaking through the darkness. If all the stars align (ahem), the tau Herculid shower will appear above the contiguous United States on the night of May 30 and early morning of May 31.
If it happens, the tau Herculid show is expected to peak around 1 a. The meteors themselves are likely to be traveling more slowly and appear fainter than those of the Eta Aquarid shower earlier this month.
You always want to find the darkest place possible for meteor shower watching, but it may be especially important for the tau Herculids given the slow speed expected for individual particles. The tau Herculid shower originates from a comet known as SW 3, which was first discovered in 1930 and is believed to have begun fragmenting in 1995.
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