A shattered comet may receive a new meteor shower called "Tau Herculid" on May 30 and 31 (June 9 and 10). ) And it is likely that during this meteor shower masses of meteors will appear in the Earth's sky, although this is not certain.
Astronomers They follow Wachmann 3 or SW 3, and NASA astronomer Bill Cooke has called this potential milestone an "all or nothing event" in recent weeks.
"If the wreckage of SW 3 travels at a speed of more than 354 kilometers per hour when it separates from the comet, we may see a beautiful meteor shower," said the director of NASA's Meteorological Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center. "But if they launch at a slower speed, nothing will reach Earth and we will not see any meteorites from this comet." This is the first time you have experienced astronomical photography, you can read the complete guide to night sky photography.
This comet was first discovered exactly 92 years ago on May 2, 1930 by German astronomers. , "Friedrich Carl Arnold Schwassmann" and "Arno Arthur Wachmann" were observed.
Orbital data show that the comet is 9.2 million kilometers from Earth It approaches and orbits the sun almost once every 5.4 years. The comet was only sporadically observed for decades, but was permanently identified and tracked in the 1990s. Exhibited. On April 18, 2006, the Hubble Space Telescope observed dozens of pieces of the comet. SW 3 continued to make observations in the Spitzer Space Telescope Infrared Array (IRAC) observations. Eventually, the comet split into more than 68 pieces, filling the solar system with debris after its last appearance in March 2017.
Samak Ramah in the constellation of Gavaran
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meteor showers are called the center of precipitation . The epicenter is the point at which most meteors reach their trajectory. The epicenter of this precipitation will be the constellation "Hercules" or "Kneeling". Above and to the right is the bright star of the constellation Hercules, Arcturus, or Jupiter, which shines slightly above the east and southeast horizons hours after sunset.
If you can not watch this new meteor shower, plan for more meteor showers this year. The next big event, the Perseids meteor shower, will take place August 11-12 (August 20-21) when the weather is warmer, which is one of the brightest meteor showers of the year and is worth the effort to go out and observe.
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