Meteor Shower Could Produce Hundreds Of Meteors Tonight

Pablo Tucker
November 22, 2019

Thursday night's meteor shower is not your typical one. With its dreamy illuminations, the Geminids Meteor Shower will be visible in Florida skies this December & across the USA - here's what you need to know to see it.

Two meteor scientists, Peter Jenniskens and Esko Lyytinen, shared their prediction for an outburst by the alpha Monocertoid meteor shower on November 21 or 22, depending on your location.

The best viewing time will be 11:50 p.m. ET (10:50 p.m. CT).

The rare "outburst" could last as little as 15 minutes, but could produce around 400 meteors in less than an hour.

Simpson said there is still a possibility that spectators could see the meteors through particularly thin clouds or in openings of clear skies.

The source of the Alpha Monocerotids is unknown, but the stream's orbital characteristics point to a long-period comet with a period of about 500 years.

According to some old research that Cooke dug up on the 1925 and 1935 outbursts, they were short and had "a fair number of meteors", he said in his blog.

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. And while you may have never heard of this meteor shower, this year you might want to check it out.

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However, if the dust trail is small and dense, then the resulting meteor shower may result in hundreds, or perhaps even thousands of meteors burning up in just minutes.

"And since we have not yet discovered this mysterious parent comet, who knows how close the estimate of the orbit is to the actual?" he said.

Experts say getting outside around 11:15 p.m. might be best to see the whole show, but the peak will be closer to 11:50 p.m.

The American Meteor Society said eyewitnesses in eastern North America, western Europe and northwestern Africa are in prime areas to see the showcase. They'll be moving at about 140,927 miles per hour.

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