A brand-new meteor shower
could light up tonight's Memorial Day holiday sky on Monday and Tuesday (May 30-31) or it may be a big bust.
You can watch live views
of the possible meteor shower overnight Monday and early Tuesday in the livestream from the Virtual Telescope Project led by astrophysicist Gianluca Masi in Ceccano, Italy.
The free webcast will
begin at 12 am. EDT (0400 GMT) on May 31 and will feature views from all-sky cameras in Arizona and Brazil
The potential for
the meteor shower comes from the disintegrating nature of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3.
The comet was first discovered
in 1930 and orbits the sun once every 5.4 years, coming within 5.7 million miles of the sun each time.
It is far from certain
that the dusty, gassy debris from Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 will spawn an impressive meteor shower