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Comet SW3 passes through Earth and brings meteor showers

Comet SW3 passes through Earth and brings meteor showers

Comet 3P/Schwassman-Wachmann 3 passes Earth again. Its debris may light up the night sky on Monday.

The basics in brief

  • Comet SW3 and debris may light up the sky tonight.
  • But for the landscape, some requirements must be met.

In 1995, astronomers observed the explosion of comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 – also known as SW3. Approximately It happens every five years The core of the earth is regenerated. This is how it should be again this week. Astronomers expect meteor showers.

When a comet passes by Earth, it loses its mass, which burns up in our atmosphere Illuminate the night sky. However, whether that will actually happen depends on several factors, such as that NASA Writes.

On the other hand, the debris of a broken comet would have to fly in the right direction to hit Earth. On the other hand, this debris should be fast enough. Once they drop below a certain speed, nothing comes of the meteor shower.

The show will take place overnight, i.e. from May 30 to May 31.

The best opportunities to experience successful shooting star are in North America. However, it is possible that the comet will not be visible from Europe.

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