This Memorial Day weekend,
Earthlings — especially those in North America — might be treated to the sight of a new meteor shower.
Those meteors could
flare up when our planet passes through the pieces of a disintegrating comet called Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 (SW3)
According to NASA,
the meteor shower could amaze (or disappoint) overnight on Memorial Day and run into early Tuesday.
SW3 is fairly close
to the sun by comet standards; it completes an orbit of our star once every five years.
In 1995, it started to
break apart, shattering into dozens of smaller pieces and leaving behind a cloud of debris that continues to circle the sun.
The potential meteor
shower offers a rare chance for astronomers to get their hands on some comet material.