A meteor shower outburst from a shattered comet may spawn new tau Herculids display on May 30

Want to see the potential tau Herculids meteor shower? Here’s what to expect, according to NASA.

When the shards of a broken-up comet draw near Earth tonight, the chances of a meteor storm are “hit or miss”, NASA says. But astronomers are excited about the potential of a swarm of new shooting stars nonetheless.

The agency advises skywatchers to watch the constellation Hercules tonight (May 30 to 31) for signs of pieces of 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 (also known as SW 3). If the shards come to Earth just right, they may create quite the show high up in our planet’s atmosphere.


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