New tau Herculid meteor shower drops bright fireballs, but no ‘meteor storm’, for astronomers (photos)


A tau Herculids meteor streaks above sandstone formations at Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada on May 30, 2022 in this photo by Ethan Miller of Getty Images. The shooting star came from bursts of comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann, or SW3. (Image credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Brilliant ‘shooting stars’ from a new meteor shower lit up the night sky in a dazzling display overnight Monday through Tuesday, though it was not a ‘meteor storm’ that some astronomers hoped.

The new meteor shower peaked around midnight on Tuesday (May 31) as the remnants of shattered Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 (also known as SW 3) burned harmlessly into Earth’s atmosphere as part of the scientists now wall off the tau Herculids meteor shower.


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