‘Unicorn’ Meteor Storm to Grace Us This Week

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Look up to the skies, because something rare and magical is going to occur.

Starting either today, Nov. 21 or tomorrow, Nov. 22, two meteor scientists, Peter Jenniskens and Esko Lyytinen, predict that there will be an outburst by the alpha Monocertoid meteor shower.

The very limited and rare display will be “dazzling,” lighting up the night sky with up to 400 meteors.

The outburst is expected to occur at 11:50 PM ET and will only last for a short time, with the peak lasting for about 15 minutes while the entire meteor shower will only be for about 40 minutes.

It is being reported that the best views will be in South America, eastern North America, western Europe and northwestern Africa.

What makes this meteor shower a big deal is the fact that the most radiant point of the meteors is in the Monoceros, the Unicorn constellation, near Orion the Hunter. The alpha Monocertoid meteor shower usually happens each year around this time, but it usually only produces a few meteors each night. The last time a large outburst such as the forthcoming one occurred was back in 1925, 1935, 1985 and 1995.

While it looks like things might be similar to the 1995 outburst, meteor scientists want to remind everyone that this is only a prediction.

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