There's something about a meteor shower that sets our hearts ablaze with wonder & delight at the magic in our universe, even better when it's an event you rarely see. The rare Alpha Monocerotids meteor shower may take place tomorrow night in Florida skies & across the U.S. — here's what you need to know.
This rare meteor storm hasn't been seen since 1995, where it produced more than 400 meteors per hour. We may just have a chance to witness its grandeur once again.
According to Accuweather, the spectacular show comes from the trail following a mysterious unknown comet & would rain down from the constellation Monocerotids (Greek for Unicorn), a faint constellation to the left of Orion.
The best viewing conditions for this spectacular storm are in the west & central north areas of the U.S.; however, it's still possible to see the show in a dark place away from light pollution in Florida, such as this State Park where you can actually see the Milkyway or this wildlife preserve that offers insane sky views, looking up to the eastern & southeastern skies.
While the conditions for this rare Unicorn shower are very specific & there's no guarantee that it will happen, scientists say if it does it will be one of the most dazzling displays of the year, producing a large number of meteors burning through the atmosphere in a short period of time.
The shower is expected to reach its peak tomorrow night on Nov. 21st around 11:50 p.m., with the window for viewing being very short — lasting only 15-45 minutes in total.
If you want to make sure you see this shower if it does happen, try to set up your viewing spot early & keep your eyes on the skies. Even if the shower doesn't happen, you could grab your boo and make it a romantic date night under the stars.
Monocerotids 'Unicorn' Meteor Shower
When: Thursday, Nov. 21st with its peak expected at 11:50 p.m. Eastern Standard Time; The shower would only last 15-45 minutes so if you don't want to miss it, consider getting out a bit earlier than peak time to wait for the display.
Where: From the constellation Monocerotids Alpha, a faint constellation to the left of Orion. Locate a dark space away from light pollution & look to the east & southeast for the best viewing chance. Kissimmee Prairie Preserve is a great spot for celestial event viewings.
Why You Need To Go: A rare shower that we haven't seen since 1995 could shoot down from the Monocerotids constellation, Greek for Unicorn, & produces a large number of meteors in a short period of time, washing the sky in a magical rain of lights.
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