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'Unicorn meteor storm' to bring dazzling display Thursday

The alpha Monocertoid meteor shower could bring hundreds of meteors per hour to on-lookers Nov. 21 - 22.

Posted: Nov 20, 2019 11:07 AM
Updated: Nov 20, 2019 11:25 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- This week's upcoming meteor shower could prove to be a rare and spectacular event; the upcoming alpha Monocertoids could turn into a meteor storm the night of Nov. 21.

Meteor scientists say that much like the last meteor storm in 1995, up to 400 meteors per hour could be observed. 

The outburst is forecast to peak around 8:50 PM PST on Thursday night, but prepare to observe the sky an hour ahead of time in case it begins early. The peak of the outburst will only last about 15 minutes, with the entire shower only lasting about 40 minutes. 

The best places to view the meteor storm will be in eastern North America, but those along the west coast might still be able to make out a few along the western horizon.

The source of the meteor shower is unknown. The alpha Monocertoids are named after their radiant point, Monoceros, the Unicorn constellation, near Orion the Hunter. 

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