Skywatchers hope to witness a meteor show tonight

Astronomers in North America are expecting for a more spectacular meteor shower between 11:45 p.m. on Monday night and 12:17 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

According to the American Meteor Society, the Earth will pass through some of the debris expelled from the 1995 disintegration of Jupiter-family comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann, better known as SW3.

The Tau Herculid meteor shower occurs between May 19 and June 19.

What makes this time different is that SW3 has continued to disintegrate since 1995, and its debris may be moving fast enough to impact Earth's atmosphere, according to NASA.

Skywatchers should find the darkest area possible and begin watching for meteors around 10:45 p.m., according to Robert Lunsford of the AMS and the International Meteor Society.

SW3 revolves around the Sun every 5.4 years. Aside from 2022, scientists expected that noticeable activity would occur in 2049.

The shattered Comet 73P/Schwassman-Wachmann 3 is skimming along a track of debris left by its numerous orbits around the sun in this infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

The flame-like objects are comet pieces and tails, and the dusty comet trail is the line that connects the fragments.

NASA Solar System tweeted:- Will the tau Herculids, a new #meteorshower, put on a stunning spectacle on May 30-31?

Maybe, maybe not. But if you have clear weather, the moonless sky should be beautiful for stargazing anyway.

"We might have a meteor shower if the debris from were ejected at rates faster than twice the typical speed—fast enough to reach Earth," says Lee Mohon of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama.

"Observations published in 2009 by Spitzer indicate that at least some shards are travelling quickly enough." This is one of the reasons astronomers are excited.