Meteor showers are one of the universe''s most spectacular events that we can see in the night sky without having to do anything. A meteor is a space rock that enters the atmosphere of our planet, but the force or drag of the air makes it extremely hot and it throws out the light. As the Earth approaches the Sun, dust and debris creates meteor showers.
The most frequent meteor showers are expected when our planet traverses a specific area filled with debris. Skygazers have the opportunity to see a new meteor shower, which will likely take place in the next week. The Tau Herculids shooting stars event is scheduled to begin on May 31. It will be seen across the United States and parts of Canada.
Some economists claim it is the most powerful meteor storm in generations, but astronomers are more cautious about calling it that. Comet SW3 (73P/Schwassmann 3) was first sighted in 1930, and it unexpectedly brightened and fragmented in 1995, releasing huge amounts of dust, gas, and debris. This comet has made several close flybys to the Earth, but was not visible most of these times. Over the years, this comet has further fragmented.
The Earth will travel through the SW3s orbit next week, and a detailed analysis of the path suggests that its debris has been spreading out along the comets orbit. The pieces of debris are so small that we cannot say whether they have spread far enough to reach Earth until we get into them, according to a study.
The American Meteor Society (AMS) has assured us that the comet itself will not be anywhere near the Earth, but debris from the 1995 event may light up our skies with meteors.
astronomers are keen to observe this event as it develops their understanding of comets and how they break.