Potential meteor showers could light up Puerto Rico’s skies.

There are potential meteor showers on the agenda for celestial event watchers, according to the Caribbean Astronomical Society (SAC).


An unmanned Boeing Starliner capsule successfully flies to the International Space Station.
Total lunar eclipse from Puerto Rico: “We had an amazing 84 minutes. »

If shown, the probability of seeing “Tau-Herculids” meteors would be Monday through Tuesday, between midnight and 2 a.m., with the highest probability around 1 a.m.

“It is important to understand that this is only a possibility and that you should not have high expectations,” said Eddie Irisari, SAC science communication expert. However, he suggested monitoring, such as heavy rain or a possible “meteor storm,” is something that doesn’t happen very often.

Here’s what you need to know:

This possible event is due to the fact that a comet called 73P / Schwassmann-Wachmann has been observed fragmenting several times since 1995. According to expert predictions, the Earth in its path, on the night of Monday to Tuesday, could meet a large amount of debris from the last fragments of the comet.

The absence of the moon, which will be in its new phase, will increase the likelihood of seeing meteors, should the event occur.

In which direction should you look?

Although the radiation or the area of ​​the sky from which the meteors appear is slightly higher than what is known as the Great Pan – visible at this time to the northwest – CAS recommends observing from a reclining or comfortable chair directly upwards, where several meteors can appear in multiple regions of the the sky.

In the case of the “Tau-Herculides” meteors, which can be seen Monday through Tuesday, the organization suggests observing from a darkened area and turning off outside lights.

Its “slow speed” compared to other meteorites, at 33,500 mph, should make it somewhat fainter, mostly visible in areas far from light pollution.

Where will it be visible?

If this possible astronomical event occurred, it would be visible from all over America, because it is this part of the planet that will encounter particles launched by comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann.

Previous events

While at least a dozen such events have been documented over the past three centuries, one of the most notable was recorded 56 years ago.

On November 17, 1966, Earth passed through a dense region of debris from Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, which saw an average of 25 Leonid meteors per second, or about 90,000 meteors in one hour.

See also  Here's what's new in iOS 15 for this fall

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.