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Brief but impressive meteor shower

Brief but impressive meteor shower

KAAL-TV
Updated: November 21, 2019 06:09 PM
Created: November 21, 2019 05:43 PM

Get outside tonight.  A brief burst of meteors is expected as Earth passes through the debris left from an unidentified comet.  The Unicorn Meteor shower is expected to start around 10:50 PM locally and last only about 40 min.  It is anticipated about 400 meteors will be observed in the span with an average of 10 per minute.

Tonight's outburst is rare,  this meteor shower happens every year but normally only produces a few meteors each night.  Outbursts like what's expected tonight have occurred four times last century with the most recent being 1995.  The reason for the uptick?  The Earth's orbit rarely interacts with the debris trail directly.  2019 is expected to take us right through the tail.

If you're heading out locally, there may still be a few debris clouds left from our departing storm system, but we're already on a clearing trend and that should continue out towards the time.  Look in the ESE sky where the meteors will generally stream from the Unicorn constellation also known as Monoceros.

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