‘Unicorn’ Meteor Shower With 400 Shooting Stars Expected Tonight
A legendary meteor shower capable of delivering 400 shooting stars in a short burst may be visible over our local area tonight.
The Alpha Monocerotid is expected to light up the sky eastern North America on Thursday, Nov. 21 around after 11:30 p.m. The Alpha Monocerotids occurs annually around this time of year and mostly produce little to nothing, but on four occasions: 1925, 1935, 1985 and 1995, the Alpha Monocerotids has produced what some scientists call a "unicorn" meteor shower.
If this meteor shower lives up to the hype, around 100 meteors could dash across the sky in about 15 minutes, anytime between 11:15 p.m. Thursday and 12:30 a.m. Friday, the Washington Post reports.
Forbes believes 400 shooting stars could light up the sky.
The peak of the outburst lasts for only about 15 minutes, with the entire shower lasting 40 minutes, CNN reports. Scientists say find an open area and observe the sky an hour before the shower is expected to begin, in case it comes early.