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NASA Expects Brightest Meteor Shower On May 30-31

NASA Expects Brightest Meteor Shower On May 30-31

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The month of May will end with a cosmic surprise thanks to a comet that is now being torn apart.

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According to NASA, the night of May 30 and the early morning of May 31 will bring a powerful meteor shower courtesy of the comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann or SW3.

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NASA says that the upcoming meteor shower named tau Herculids might be one of the brightest ones lighting up the sky this year.

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The tau Herculids meteor shower is a result of the debris cloud that resulted from the fragmentation of the 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann (SW3) comet.

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The astronomers confirmed that the comet's brightness was a result of SW3's fragmentation as it had shattered into several pieces and was leaving an orbital trail made of its own debris.

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The astronomers noted that the comet was in about 70 pieces when it approached Earth in 2006 and has continued to fragment further since then.

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