Stargazers might be in for
a treat next week as Earth is expected to pass through the scattered remains of a comet, causing a meteor shower.
Earth will pass through
debris trails left by a broken comet that shattered in 1995, according to NASA.
Onlookers can expect a spectacular
display if these fragments from comet 73P/Schwassmann-Washmann (SW3) are ejected at twice the normal speed.
According to Outtlete
a typical shower produces one meteor every minute, or about 60 per hour.
The speed and direction of
the fragments, on the other hand, will ultimately determine how much of a show onlookers will witness.
Bill Cooke, the director of
NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, described the shower as a "all-or-nothing" event.