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In 2022, the tau Herculid meteor shower may create an impression on the night of May 30-31.

A tiny comet, generally far too faint to be seen without the assistance of a telescope in 1995, suddenly and quite abruptly brightened up to evolve as dimly visible to the bare eye.

However, at the end of May, things could become exciting because of this same tiny comet. On that night, a new meteor shower named the tau Herculids might explode, perhaps classifying with the best annual meteor exhibits.

Astronomers anticipated comet SW 3 to make another return in the fall of 1995. During early October, the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams unexpectedly started receiving ‘numerous reports from observers worldwide of independent discoveries’ of a naked-eye comet, deep in the western evening twilight and exhibiting a dust tail 1 degree long.

This wasn’t a “new” comet after all-it was SW 3.

This was astounding because the comet never appeared closer to Earth in 1995 than 122 million miles. It should have been noticeable only with relatively large telescopes by all liberties. And yet there it was, glowing at 6.5 magnitudes brighter than expected. A nearly 400-fold increase in brightness As for what caused this enormous outburst, researchers in December of SW 3 made at the European Southern Observatory in La Silla, Chile, revealed that its tiny embryo had splintered into four separate parts.

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