A meteor shower outburst from a shattered comet may spawn new tau Herculids display on May 30

Potential new meteor shower is ‘all or nothing event,’ says NASA astronomer

A blast of new meteors may emerge during a tau Herculid meteor shower on May 30 and 31, but that’s not a sure thing.

NASA astronomer Bill Cooke termed the potential milestone an “all or nothing event” in a blog post from the agency earlier in May, as astronomers track the debris from the broken-up comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 (also known as SW 3).

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