Meteor swarm visible TONIGHT: Spectacular comet dust outburst can be seen

Short Meteor Storm Visible In The Eastern Skies Tonight

Tomorrow's Ultra Rare Comet-Induced Meteor Shower Will Light Up The Night Sky

Prepare to set your watch so you don't miss the potential for a very limited and rare dazzling display in the night sky that could include up to 400 meteors.

According to Accuweather, these meteors "radiate from Monoceros, a faint constellation that is Greek for "unicorn" and located just to the left of the well-known constellation Orion".

This difference between alpha Monocerotid and other meteor showers is this one will involve several "bits of comet material disintegrating above your head" instead of a few big meteors. But the rate could actually mean two to three meteors close together and then another minute before activity picks up again.

Writing on the Meteor News website, astronomers Esko Lyytinen and Peter Jenniskens explain that "there is a good chance to observe a short-lived outburst of the alpha Monocerotids in the morning of the night 2019 November 21-22". Those in South America, the eastern portion of North America, western Europe and northwestern Africa will have the best views, CNN writes. On certain years - most recently 1925, 1935, 1985, and 1995 - there's an outbursts of the alpha Monocerotids, producing a more spectacular celestial show. 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.

For southern Wisconsin, the best viewing will be from approximately 10:50 p.m. Thursday Night and last for approximately 15-35 minutes. The Earth's orbit rarely interacts with the debris trail directly.

Once it starts, Jenniskens recommends that people keep watching for about an hour to ensure they see the full show. The last unicorn meteor shower happened in 1995, and the next one is predicted for 2043.

Find a dark spot, away from city lights and look toward the east-southeast.

Your eyes can take up to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness, so allow plenty of time for your eyes to dark-adapt.

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