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Be careful for comet SW3, which could trigger a meteor bathe in late Might

This is hoping {that a} meteor bathe predicted by astronomers for nearly a century might be seen this month, says Abigail Beall


18 Might 2022

Image of the broken fragments surrounding Fragment B of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 observed with FORS1 on ESO's VLT in four filters (B, V, R, and I). As the telescope was tracking the comet, the stars appear as coloured trails, indicating the order in which the comet was observed in the different filters. North is up and East is to the left.


SOMETHING thrilling is occurring on the finish of this month. On the evenings of 30 and 31 Might, astronomers world wide might be watching the skies to see whether or not a brand new meteor bathe, which has been predicted for nearly 100 years, involves go.

In Might 1930, a comet known as 73P/ Schwassmann-Wachmann 3, also called SW3, was first noticed by German astronomers. Shortly after its discovery, there have been predictions that it will trigger a meteor bathe if it travelled shut sufficient to Earth.

SW3 is a brief interval comet that passes the solar each 5.4 years, nevertheless it …


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