Rare ‘Unicorn’ Meteor Storm Could Appear Thursday Evening

A rare celestial treat awaits stargazers late Thursday evening as a full-fledged “unicorn” meteor storm could appear in the night sky, astronomers said.

Several meteors per minute are possible at the height of the storm, according to meteor scientists Esko Lyytinen and Peter Jenniskens.

There is no guarantee that such an event will unfold, but Lyytinen and Jenniskens said there is a “good chance” to see the first Alpha Monocerotids meteor storm since 1995, when there were about 400 meteors per hour, AccuWeather reported.

The meteor shower is known as the Alpha Monocerotids because the meteors radiate from Monoceros (Greek for “unicorn”), a faint constellation to the left of Orion, according to AccuWeather.

“Unlike most meteor outbursts, which last for several hours, strong activity from the Alpha Monocerotids is over within an hour and easily missed,” the American Meteor Society said.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Doyle Rice