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Will the Tau Herculid meteors produce a storm?

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Post by Dragon Sat May 28, 2022 3:30 am

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.

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.


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Post by Dragon Sat May 28, 2022 3:31 am

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Will Earth see a meteor storm when passing through the fragments of Comet 73P/Schwassman-Wachmann 3?

The comet broke up in 1995 and continued to fragment.

Hubble took the images of the fragmentation here in 2006.

We’ll find out if this produces a meteor storm on the evening of May 30-31, 2022.

Look for Tau Herculid meteors!


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