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Get set for spectacular ‘unicorn meteor shower’

Skywatchers within the jap U.S. might take pleasure in a spectacular, however transient “unicorn meteor” bathe on Thursday evening.

The alpha Monocerotids have been dubbed unicorn meteors as a result of they radiate from the constellation Monoceros, the Greek phrase for unicorn, in keeping with EarthSky.

“In 2019 this normally minor bathe has a excessive chance of being unforgettable, though laborious to catch,” EarthSky notes.

Writing on the Meteor Information web site, astronomers Esko Lyytinen and Peter Jenniskens clarify that “there’s a good probability to watch a short-lived outburst of the alpha Monocerotids within the morning of the evening 2019 November 21–22.”


The “outburst” is predicted at 11.50 p.m. EST, in keeping with the astronomers, who say that it’ll final between round 15 and 40 minutes.

“Anybody who’s going to attempt to observe shouldn’t be late in any respect,” they clarify, advising skywatchers to go exterior at 11.30 p.m. EST, and even 15 minutes earlier in the event that they don’t wish to miss any meteors in any respect.

A meteor streaks previous stars throughout the annual Quadrantid meteor bathe in Qingdao, Shandong province, Jan. 4, 2014. Image taken with a protracted publicity.

Citing the scientists, Earth Sky reviews that it’s a must to be within the jap a part of North America, Western Europe or South America to see the meteor bathe. The bathe might be “comparatively low” within the jap sky, in keeping with Sky and Telescope.

A digital camera lately captured the unimaginable second when a meteor lit up the sky over the long-lasting Gateway Arch in St. Louis.


A small chunk of an asteroid or comet is often known as a meteoroid. When it enters Earth’s environment, it turns into a meteor or fireball or a capturing star. The items of rock that hit the bottom, helpful to collectors, are meteorites.

Comply with James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

Cisco Ramon
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