‘Unicorn’ meteor shower could produce rare storm Thursday night


Radiating from the constellation Monoceros Unicorn, many are giving this the nickname the "unicorn meteor shower".

If all goes just right, we have the chance to see an intense but very brief meteor shower later this week.

The prediction comes via astronomers Esko Lyytinen of the Finnish Fireball Network and Peter Jenniskens of the SETI Institute and NASA's Ames Research Center, both of whom have been tracking the alpha Monocerotids for many years.

This particular meteor shower did produce a burst of high burst of meteors in 1985 and in 1995. The alpha Monocertoids are named after their radiant point, Monoceros, the Unicorn constellation, near Orion the Hunter.

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Now, with all of that said, this meteor shower could still put on quite a show and it might be worth it to step out in the cold Thursday night, and you don't have to be out all night to enjoy it. The last time a situation like this occurred, was 1995, in which, there was a substantial increase in the amount of meteors visible during the peak.

In order to ensure an optimal view, WMAR suggested star gazers use a telescope or a good pair of binoculars and set up around around 11:15 p.m.to 11:20 p.m. since the peak of the meteor shower is set for around 11:50 p.m.

First and foremost, we need to have a clear sky.

What to watch for: If you're on the U.S. East Coast or in Western Europe, it's worth keeping watch from a dark place at the appointed time.