Potential new meteor shower from shattered comet has scientists excited

This Memorial Day weekend, Earthlings — especially those in North America — may be treated to the sight of another meteor shower.

Those meteors could erupt when our planet passes through the pieces of a disintegrating comet called Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 (SW3). It’s not just a exciting opportunity for sky watchers; comet scientists are also eagerly anticipating the encounter. According to NASA, the meteor shower could surprise (or disappoint) overnight after Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) and end early Tuesday.


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