Tau Herculids meteor shower tonight: Know where and when to watch dazzling shooting stars light up the Earth

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Shortly after the total lunar eclipse and partial solar eclipse that Earth witnessed, another space phenomenon is about to dazzle the planet with its sparkling and stunning light. The world is about to witness the Tau Herculids meteor shower tonight, and it may be one of the most unique space events in the planet’s history.

Astronomers will have the chance to witness the Tau Herculids meteor shower tonight, the last day of May. The meteor shower will be visible from different parts of the world on May 31, as Earth is about to pass through the debris of icy Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 (SW3).

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The sky will be dazzled by what is expected to be the brightest meteor shower in years, researchers say. Astronomy enthusiasts around the world have been eyeing the spectacular Tau Herculids meteor shower which has the potential to turn into a meteor storm.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), however, said events like this sometimes don’t live up to expectations. That’s what happened with the Monocerotids shower of 2019 and today’s Tau Herculids meteor shower could be a hit or miss.

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If the Tau Herculids meteor shower goes as planned, astronomers believe up to 1,000 shooting stars could be seen streaking the night sky on May 31, creating a dazzling and spectacular picture for stargazers.

The Tau Herculid meteor shower should only be seen in parts of North America under clear, dark skies. The best time to watch it is around 1 a.m. on the East Coast and around 10 p.m. on the West Coast. The meteor shower will not be visible from India.

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Indian space enthusiasts will be able to watch this event live by logging on to the official NASA website, where the Tau Herculids will be broadcast live. The event will also be streamed on NASA social media platforms.

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