Thursday November 21, 2019
A rare burst meteors is possible tonight for a brief period of time emitting from the constellation Monoceros, The Unicorn. But like the name, this spectacular display may be elusive and hard to catch for us. This is normally a minor event, but once in a while it can be the most vivid. That is what happened in 1995 when 400 meteors per hour were seen. Scientists at SETI Institute and NASA’s Ames Research Center tracked this and believe the conditions this year are nearly identical.
When And Where To Watch
- 11:50 PM EST is when it will peak. It may last for 30 to 60 minutes. So you can start as early as 11 PM or 11:20 PM
- Make sure to be outside or in the dark for at least 10 to 15 minutes to allow your eyes to adjust to see faint light.
- Look Southeast. This is the location where the sun has been rising recently.
What to look for
The Unicorn constellation is not easy to spot. However, Orion is well known and will be just above it when looking toward the horizon. If you are not familiar, try to spot the three stars next to each other (I’ve highlighted the constellation in purple below). That is Orion’s belt. Look in the general area below that. If we get a burst of 100 to 400 meteors, it may be in a 15 minute time span. If the sky is clear, you won’t miss it.
The problem may be the weather for us in the Mid Atlantic. Just in case the conditions are not favorable, I have a live stream to the Virtual Telescope in Rome at the bottom of this post.
As you may have noticed this afternoon and evening, the clouds thickened up. A thin veil of cirrus was just enough to block the late day sun. There will be some breaks tonight, but they will be spotty. Here is the most recent Infrared Satellite Loop
IR Satellite Loop
The forecast for clouds is not very optimistic. Here is a look at the High Resolution Rapid Refresh Model for cloud cover this evening and tonight
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