“The Earth this week slams into a debris trail from an unknown comet that may spark a storm of shooting stars in the skies above. The dormant Alpha Monocerotid meteor shower could come to life in a dramatic fashion with rates of up to 400 to 600 meteors per minute for a short time on November 21, 2019 at 11:50 pm Eastern Standard Time. Such a meteor outburst would make this shower at least four times more intense than the peak meteor rates seen annually during the famed Perseid and Geminid meteor showers by at least a factor of four.
The Alpha Monocerotids, so named because they seem to radiate out from the constellation Monoceros the Unicorn, rises above the northeast horizon in late evening across the Northern Hemisphere this time of the year.
In this video I will give you a bit of a background explaining what astronomers know about this mysterious meteor storm and why the Unicorn shower is so rare. There are over a dozen meteor showers that hit our skies every year, but this celestial show may be the most spectacular to watch in many years.
I’ll also share some specific viewing tips on how to get the most out of the meteor shower this year.
Big tip: No need for binoculars or telescopes to watch the meteors fly above – just clear skies.
All in all, I hope this video gets you prepared to get the most out of the Leonid meteor shower – this amazing astronomical sky event that mother nature puts on for us! “