How to see this week's intense 'unicorn' meteor storm
Astronomers expect that this year’s Alpha Monocerotid meteor shower will be an epic outburst with possible rates of up to 400 shooting stars an hour.
Sky-watchers may get to see 2019 really go out with a bang, with the expected arrival this week of an explosion of shooting stars.
If astronomers’ predictions hold true, the Alpha Monocerotid meteor shower could come to life in dramatic fashion on November 21 and 22, with possible rates of up to 400 shooting stars an hour during its relatively brief peak. 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.
The Alpha Monocerotidsare so named because the meteors seem to radiate from the constellation Monoceros, the unicorn. Like other annual meteor showers, the Alpha Monocerotidshappen when Earth plows through