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The Tau Herculidas meteor shower can be observed in most parts of the Northern Hemisphere, including Mexico

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May end with a pleasant and unexpected astrological event. And this is new meteor shower It can take place between Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st in most of the Northern Hemisphere, including Mexico. it’s about Meteors Tau Hercules His vision depends on how fast they take him once he’s separated from him Kumita 73P / Schwasmann Security Guard.

This phenomenon will then be the second that occurs in a month. During most of May, there was an Eta Aquarids meteor shower (breaking off from Halley’s Comet) with its greatest peak on days 5 and 6. Unlike Tau Herculids, Eta Aquarids have a registered periodical, appearing regularly every year.

The head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Meteorological Environment Office, Bill Cook, emphasized that “This will be an all-or-nothing event. If debris from SW3 was traveling faster than 220 miles per hour when it separated from the comet, we might see a gentle meteor shower. If the speed of debris ejection were slower, nothing would reach Earth and there would be no meteors from this comet.”

Star rain.  Photo: UNAM
Star rain. Photo: UNAM

To see Tau Herculidas, search An area away from the city or street lights. Come prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket, or lawn chair. Lie on your back with your feet pointing east and look up, taking in as much of the sky as you can. After about 30 minutes in the dark, Your eyes will adjust You will start to see meteors. Be patient because the show will run until dawn, so you have plenty of time to take a look.

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You don’t need any special equipment to see it, just a good view. It is important to note that telescopes or binoculars are not recommended due to their small field of view. Meteors can usually be seen all over the sky, so you don’t have to look in any particular direction.

In terms of field of view, much of the contiguous United States, south central and eastern Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, and a small part of West Africa are the best regions in the world to witness this event.

If the meteors achieve the correct velocity and meteor showers occur, their potential radiation or point of emanation will be within the constellation Bootes the Herdsman, about 6 degrees northwest of the bright yellow star. Orange, Arcturus.

Meteor shower Tau Herculidas.  Photo: Asismet_IF
Meteor shower Tau Herculidas. Photo: Asismet_IF

In May 1930, German astronomers Friedrich Karl Arnold Schwasmann and Arno Arthur Wachmann discovered a new comet, the third in its path (the others being in 1927 and 1929). Although comet SW 3’s periodicity and orbit around the Sun was set at 5.4 years, after 1930 it was missing for some time. In fact, between 1935 and 1974, the SW3 went in and out eight times without being seen. It was not seen again until March 1979. The comet’s closest time to Earth was in 1995 when it was about 196 million kilometers from our planet.

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