Legendary Meteor Shower Could Occur Tonight Over Minnesota
The Alpha Monocerotid meteor shower, also known as the 'Unicorn' meteor shower, has the potential to deliver an extraordinary experience for Minnesota sky-watchers tonight.
Often, the Alpha Monocerotids produce very little for us to see, but on a few occasions in the past they have delivered a short-lived burst of outstanding 'shooting star' activity.
Some experts are predicting that things are shaping up for a repeat performance of past brilliant outbursts -- or even better!
How, Where, When, and Stuff
Sky-watchers in the eastern U.S. including Minnesota are in the best spot for the show, and clear skies are predicted across our area tonight. More good news; the moon won't rise until after the show is expected to be over.
Don't be late, the whole thing is only expected to last about a half-hour, and experts say you should be outside with your eyes to the sky no later than 10:15 PM.
If the whole thing comes to fruition, it will take place in the lower eastern sky -- and could serve up meteors at a rate of anywhere from 100 to 1000 per hour.
Cross your fingers!