A Tau Herculid meteor shower? Online observation – 31 May 2022

Next 31 May 2022, there are chances to see a new meteor shower, the Tau Herculids. With some luck, it could be intense. True or not? We can only wait and see: join us online from the comfort of your home and look up together.

A Tau Herculid meteor shower? Poster of the event.

A Tau Herculid meteor shower? Poster of the event.

Recently, several predictions were made public that debris coming from the highly fragmented comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 could originate an interesting, possibly intense meteor shower. This comet is truly spectacular in its inclination to create fragments and debris, with these possibly originating shooting stars.

Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3-B. 4/5 May 2006: fragmentation.

Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3-B. 4/5 May 2006: fragmentation.

We do not know if this will happen, we don’t know how intense it could be. In any case, fragments are slow, so they would originate faint meteors.

What we know is that we will be looking up at the time of the predicted peak, sharing the view with the community. This will be possible thanks to the images kindly made available by the Catalina Sky Survey, the ATLAS Projec, NOIRLab and Caltech/Palomar Observatory.

The live feed will start on 31 May 2022 at 04:40 UTC.

To join, you just need to enter, at the date and time above, our webTV page here!

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