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Jonathan Sabin

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Potential METEOR STORM on 11/21/19
« on: November 14, 2019, 01:12:04 pm »
HEADS UP for a potential (naked-eye!) celestial event!

WHAT: The Alpha Monocerotid Meteor Shower

WHEN: Thursday, November 21, 2019

TIME: 11:15 PM (start watching no later than 11:00, if you've seen nothing by around 1:00 a.m., the particles in the meteor storm have probably passed by the Earth without slamming into our atmosphere...or it's cloudy. That'll also keep you from seeing any meteors!  ;-)

WHAT TO EXPECT: Always keep your expectations in check--especially with meteor showers! But unlike many meteor showers (even "decent" ones) that may produce up to a few dozen visible meteors per hour for a casual observer in the suburbs--this event may turn out to be rather intense.
During "outbursts" from this meteor shower in the past, observers counted HUNDREDS of meteors during a relatively short period of time.
It may not be that good... but it's definitely worth heading outside to check it out!
Also, the outburst is predicted to be very brief--anywhere from about 15 minutes to possibly three-quarters of an hour.

HOW TO OBSERVE IT: You don't want a telescope, or even binoculars. (I'm quite serious... the only thing you'll accomplish by using optical aids like that is that you'll severely limit the amount of sky that you can see.) All you need is need a comfortable chaise or lawn chair or blanket to be able to lay back and take in as much of the sky as possible.
Get as far from any bright lights as possible and face the east. Although they may appear anywhere in the sky, all of the meteors associated with this shower will seem to radiate out from a point very close to the bright star Procyon, which will be about 20 degrees above the eastern horizon at 11:15 p.m.

FYI... the Local Group of Deep Sky Observers is not planning a formal observing event for this meteor shower.

Jonathan Sabin,
LGDSO President