If you enjoy stargazing
get ready for what may be a spectacular one-time-only meteor shower overnight on May 30
According to Bill Cooke,
it’ll be worth going outside for what may indeed be “an all or nothing event,”
A comet is essentially
a giant “dirty snowball” made of frozen gasses with embedded rock and dust particles, according to NASA.
Comets, which are about the
“size of a small town,” originate outside the orbit of the outermost planets and follow an elliptical orbit around the sun.
As Earth passes through
these debris trails each year on its own orbit around the sun, debris particles collide with Earth’s atmosphere.
In 1930, German observers
Arnold Schwassmann and Arno Arthur Wachmann discovered a comet that became known as 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3.
This comet, which takes
5 and a half years to orbit the sun, has continued to disintegrate. In fact, dozens of bits and pieces have been breaking off the original fragments since 1995.