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tau Herculid meteor shower drops fireballs, no ‘meteor storm,’

A tau Herculids meteor streaks above sandstone formations at the Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada on May 30, 2022 in this photo by Ethan Miller of Getty Images. The shooting star came from the shards of comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann, or SW3. (Image credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Bright “shooting stars” from a new meteor shower lit up the night sky in a dazzling display overnight Monday and Tuesday, even if it wasn’t a “meteor storm” some stargazers hoped for.

The new meteor shower peaked around midnight Tuesday (May 31) as remnants from the shattered Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 (also known as SW 3) burned up harmlessly high in Earth’s atmosphere as a part of scientists now wall the tau Herculids meteor shower.

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