There Will Likely Be A New Meteor Shower Courtesy of Comet Borisov
Peter Jenniskens and Esko Lyytinen report that the dust trail of 700-year comet Borisov, who just passed perihelion in 2014, will be in the Earth’s path on 2017 July 29 at 00:22 UT. Earth will pass only 0.0006 AU inside the comet’s orbit at a time when the comet has just passed perihelion, both favorable circumstances for detecting meteors.
Observers in South Africa will have a chance to see a glimpse of this new 1-2 hour duration meteor shower.
Editor’s Note: If indeed this meteor shower does end up visible and any of our readers from South Africa are able to get pics or videos, please share with us and we will add them to this post. You can send them to [email protected]