Rare Meteor Storm Could Light Up The Sky

The Alpha Monocerotids are expected to briefly light up the sky November 21st at 11:50 PM EST with a meteor outburst or storm.

This meteor shower or storm might only last about a half an hour and produce upwards of four hundreds meteors per hour. In the past it has produced a thousand plus per hour, lighting up the sky raining meteors. Even with the peak itself only lasting fifteen to forty minutes. Earth is expected to pass through this debris trail about 11:50 PM, Eastern Standard Time November 21st.
The radiant will be low on the horizon, rising about 10 PM, look to the southeast and you want to be ready to watch around 11:15 PM for the east coast of the United States. The moon will not be an issue.

This shower or outburst will come from the radiant near the star Procyon in Monoceros the unicorn. The actual source of these meteors is unknown, but it is believed to be from a debris trail left behind by a long period comet that only visits every five hundred years. It is a thin debris trail and in 1995 and 1985 the earth passed through the edge of it and produced nearly four to seven hundred meteors per hour.
In 1925 and 1935 the earth passed through the center of that field and it produced a thousand plus meteors per hour, a scale known as the zenithal hourly rate or ZHR.

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The Alpha Monocerotids are fast meteors, much like the Perseid’s. You will need to look in the general area of the 1995 and 1985 outbursts (on the map below). It is unknown exactly where the radiant will occur but it will be in that general direction. Once you see a lot of activity keep watching it will not last long. Also the Northern Taurids and Leonids are still active so you may see some of those streak across the sky. Use the star tracker app or other stargazing apps to help you find the radiant location.
Photographing these meteors will be a fun thing to try as well, with that many just keep shooting the shooting stars.

Bring the meteor rain!!
Rich King

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Viewing map of the moving radiant from 1995 and 1985 … source Stellarium

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