Brief but impressive meteor shower

Katie Ramirez
November 22, 2019

The shower's radiant point - or its celestial spot of origin in the sky - is in the Unicorn constellation, also known as the Monoceros, close to Orion the Hunter, CNN reports.

Weather conditions for watching the meteor storm will be most favorable along the USA southeast coast and all of the Florida peninsula, according to AccuWeather.com.

The outburst is expected to start around 11:45 p.m. ET, but it's best to get out early just in case.The event will last for about 45 minutes to one hour.

A legendary meteor shower capable of delivering 400 shooting stars in a short burst may be visible over the Hudson Valley tonight.

Western Europe and northwestern Africa will have the best locations to view the 2019 Monocerotid meteor shower, according to AMS. Such an outburst would make this shower at least four times more intense than the peak meteor rates seen during the more famous Perseid and Geminid annual meteor showers. Even so, the comet's trail only rarely gets close enough to Earth to create this spectacular display.

A meteor shower is predicted to light up the sky Thursday night until Friday morning.

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Forbes believes 400 shooting stars could light up the sky. This is when the Alpha Monocerotid meteor shower is due to reach its peak.

You don't need any special equipment or skills to view a meteor shower.

Both researchers said the meteor stream could be responsible for outbursts in 1925, 1935, 1985 and 1995.

For optimal viewing, find an open sky, lie on the ground, and look straight up into the dark sky.

The source of the Alpha Monocerotids is still unknown, however, the appear to originate from the constellation Monoceros, which is the Greek name for unicorn. No telescopes or equipment are required to see the shower, but people are being advised to wrap up in warm clothes and avoid looking at their phones to allow their eyes to adjust to the night sky. If there's no meteor storm, you can expect to see around 10 meteors per hour.

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