Skywatchers hope to witness meteor shower tonight

Astronomers in North America are hoping to witness a meteor shower from 11:45 p.m., on Monday night, to 12:17 a.m., on Tuesday morning.

The Earth will pass through some of the debris ejected from the 1995 fragmentation of Jupiter-family comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann, also known as SW3, according to the American Meteor Society.

SW3 has continued to fragment further since 1995 and its debris will strike Earth’s atmosphere very slowly, according to NASA.

Robert Lunsford, of the AMS and the International Meteor Society, suggested skywatchers choose the darkest location possible and start looking for meteors at about 10:45 p.m. just in case the predictions are off.

SW3 orbits the Sun every 5.4 years. Astronomers predicted the detectable activity would also happen in 2049.

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