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Did You Know!? This Unique Meteor Shower Will Be Visible To Naked Eye, As It Happens On Earth Over China!

Did you know that a special meteor shower will be visible to the naked eye on Earth over China? This rare phenomenon is set to occur and is worth experiencing!

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Attention all stargazers and astronomy enthusiasts! Get ready to witness a spectacular celestial event. Did you know that a unique meteor shower will be visible to the naked eye as it happens in China? Yes, you read that right. This rare occurrence is known as the 'Alpha Monocerotids' meteor shower and is expected to be an incredible sight for skywatchers.

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So, let's delve deeper into this once-in-a-lifetime event and understand why it is so special.

What is the Alpha Monocerotids meteor shower?

The Alpha Monocerotids meteor shower is an annual event that takes place in the constellation Monoceros, known as the 'unicorn' constellation, usually on November 21 or 22. However, this year, a rare outburst of this shower is expected to occur on November 21 at around 11:50 pm EST (4:50 am UTC) and could last for around 15 to 40 minutes.

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This meteor shower is referred to as 'alpha' because the meteors appear to radiate from a radiant point in the sky, the Alpha Monocerotids star, which is also known as 15 Monocerotis.

What makes this meteor shower unique?

Unlike other meteor showers, the Alpha Monocerotids is a sporadic shower, which means it does not have a defined yearly occurrence. It was first recorded in 1925 when the event produced an amazing display of over 100 meteors per hour. This year, scientists predict that the number of meteors could range from 400 to 1,000 per hour, making it a rare astronomical event.

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Why is it happening in China?

The reason why this meteor shower is happening over China is due to the Earth's orbit intersecting with the debris trail left by a previously undiscovered comet. This comet is believed to have a period of around 500 years, and its orbit is inclined at an angle of about 30 degrees to the Earth's orbit around the sun. This unique alignment only occurs every few hundred years, making this year's event even more special.

How to witness this celestial event?

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The Alpha Monocerotids meteor shower is expected to be visible in most parts of the world, but the best viewing conditions will be in parts of Asia, particularly over China. However, this shouldn't discourage those living in other parts of the world, as the shower can still be seen from anywhere with clear and dark skies.

To witness this event, you don't need any special equipment or a telescope. It will be visible to the naked eye, just like any other meteor shower. Find an area away from city lights, lie down, and look up at the sky. The meteors will appear to originate from the constellation Monoceros, near the star Procyon in the constellation Canis Minor.

Final thoughts

The Alpha Monocerotids meteor shower is a rare and unique astronomical event that is not to be missed. With the possibility of seeing up to 1,000 meteors per hour, this year's outburst promises to be an unforgettable experience for skywatchers and stargazers.

So mark your calendars, set your alarms, and make sure to venture out into the dark skies on November 21. Who knows when we'll get to witness such a sight again? Happy stargazing!

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