TAU Herculids’ meteor shower could produce an hour-long storm today. The best place to see it is America.
Tau Herculids, a meteor shower could occur from a falling comet on Monday, May 30.
ABC Science explains that anyone who lives in North America or the Pacific can view the peak, as will people living in areas of South America or the Pacific.
Horner said that Baja, California is the ideal place to see the most at 11 PM PDT today. “the radiant will be almost overhead”.
It will be visible most clearly in the areas further north.
ABC Science notes that due to the new moon phase, it will be dark at nights and perfect for visibility.
According to some, this meteor display could be the most spectacular in more than two decades. Space.com.
According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation(ABC), If meteor shower predictions are correct, some locations on Earth will see a potentially severe storm. This storm is expected to last about an hour.
Jonti Horner from the University of Southern Queensland is eager to see what happens.
Professor Horner stated these words to ABC Science: “Even if this doesn’t lead to a big storm itself, it means the next time we have a big storm, we’ll be able to predict it much, much better because of what we learnt from this.”
Horner urges everyone interested in watching this meteor shower event to “keep your eyes peeled.”
“If we miss [the peak] by a couple of hours and it’s really spectacular, then we may still be in the coming-down state and we might still see a few at sunset and not long afterwards,”Horner agreed.
“The meteors will be telltale, they’ll be incredibly slow-moving compared to normal shooting stars.”
What are meteor showers exactly?
Meteor showers occur when dust or particles from asteroids or comets enter Earth’s atmosphere at a very high speed.
This particular display of ‘shooting stars’ is expected to be the product of a comet named 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann, also known as SW3.
SW3 was first discovered by a 1930 researcher, but did not make a comeback until the 1970s. Republic World reports.
In 1995, astronomers also observed that the nucleus of the comet was split into four smaller parts. CNET.
Since then, the comet has only disintegrated further into dozens of smaller chunks and tiny bits of debris and dust.
The comet was at least 70 pieces in 2006 when it came to Earth.
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Nasa anticipates a meteor show on the evening of May 30, and continuing into May 31.
The meteor fragments should enter Earth’s atmosphere at approximately 10 miles per hour – which is on the slower side.
The display will also be visible in the Northern Hemisphere because it occurs on a Moonless night.
“This is going to be an all-or-nothing event,” Bill Cooke, who leads NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, said in a report.
“If the debris from SW3 was traveling more than 220 miles per hour when it separated from the comet, we might see a nice meteor shower.”
How to see the meteor shower
Experts agree that the shower will begin visible at 1 a.m. Eastern Time (or 10:05 p.m. Pacific Time) on May 31.
You can increase your chances of seeing the celestial event by being outside at least one hour before it occurs so that your eyes adjust to the darkness.
“The southwestern USA and Mexico are favored locations as the radiant, the area of the sky where these meteors come from, will be located highest in a dark sky,”Robert Lunsford writes about AMS.
“The outburst may be seen from southeastern Canada and the remainder of the (eastern) USA, but at a lower altitude.”
There is no way to know if you will spot any meteor shower. Sometimes it comes down to luck.
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