According to NASA, a new meteor shower could potentially be observed at the end of May. This is the Tau-Herculid meteor shower.
After the super flower moon, the meteor shower of Eta Lyrids and Eta Aquarids, another impressive astronomical event may close the end of May. “Maybe”, because scientists are not sure and certain that this event will take place!
We consider meteor showers as recurring events: these events are indeed associated with the passage of meteoritic swarms whose speed and position are known. But the Tau-Herculid meteor shower plays in another category.
According to NASA, this event is a “possible newcomer” associated with comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann, or SW3. This comet was first observed in 1930 by German astronomers Arnold Schwassmann and Arno Arthur Wachmann. Initially, her glow was very faint, but it shone 600 times brighter when it passed in 1995, to the point of being visible to the naked eye.
After observation, the scientists realized that the comet had separated into several pieces, in other words, into a meteorite swarm. On the night of May 30 to 31, it could therefore be the source of a meteor shower. But, there is a but”.
“All or nothing”
NASA itself is uncertain of the holding of the event. In a blog post, the agency states:
“It will be an all or nothing. If the debris from SW3 was moving over 220 miles per hour when it separated from the comet, we could see a nice meteor shower. If the debris had a slower ejection velocity, then nothing will make it to Earth and there will be no meteors from that comet.”
Will we witness a third meteor shower at the end of May? Reply May 30.