There may be a rare meteor shower this weekend with thousands of falling stars

There may be a rare meteor shower this weekend with thousands of falling stars

A few weeks ago, news began circulating about a possible meteor shower that would occur in late May – the first in two decades. Now researchers are pointing to the possibility of another possible one, and it happens in just two days. The culprit may be the dual asteroid 2006 GY2.

Meteorite storms are regular meteor showers on steroids. The best meteor showers can offer up to 100 celestial bands per hour, but most fall into the “less than 20” category. During meteorological storms, which are much more unusual, thousands of rocky debris fall into the atmosphere creating cosmic fireworks.

Conditions for them are rare. Earth has to go through a dense cloud of debris to make it happen – in 2006 GY2 which is the type of asteroid known as a double smaller planet can provide a dense stream of debris – and predicting if and when it will happen is not exactly exact. The meteor shower comes from material left over from comets and some asteroids as they orbit the Sun, traversing the Earth’s path through the Solar System. Dense clusters often occur normally, but can offer anything from a slight increase to a seasonal one, such as the Leonid meteor shower on November 17, 1966, when up to 20 meteors appeared. per second.

The International Meteorological Organization reports that in 2006 GY2 left behind a stream of debris and may be large enough to cause a meteor shower. All we need is for Earth to cross it, and our planet is going to do it on Sunday, May 15th. The “small planet” consists of an asteroid 400 meters wide (1,310 feet) in orbit with another 80 meters (260 feet) in diameter.

The time of the nearest approach, which means that debris will enter the atmosphere, is expected to be around 10:20 a.m. UT (6:20 a.m. ET) on Sunday. This means that the US and Mexico will have the best view and the best chance of observing if the meteor shower really takes place.

But there is a small problem. The Moon will be almost full – preparing for the total lunar eclipse on Sunday night – so the brightness of our natural satellite can block observations.

Meteors – as meteorites are called before they enter the atmosphere – are usually tiny, the size of rice, so it is very difficult to calculate how long they can wait to be caught by the Earth’s gravity.

If the 2006 GY2 meteor shower is a non-occurrence, there is still hope that the Taurus Heraklion on May 30-31 may be the first meteor shower since the 2001-2002 Leonid storms. But we can only wait and see.

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