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‘Unicorn meteor storm’ to be triggered by mysterious comet Thursday night

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Set your alarm now so you don’t miss the potential for a very limited and rare dazzling display in the night sky that could include up to 400 meteors.

According to AccuWeather, astronomers say stargazers may see several meteors per minute. You’ll have to be quick, though, because the peak of the alpha monocerotids only lasts about an hour.

The last meteor storm from this shower was in 1995, and it produced 400 meteors per hour. If there’s no meteor storm, you can expect to see around 10 meteors per hour.

Those wanting to see the ‘Unicorn Meteor Storm’ should look for the shooting stars between 11 p.m. and midnight Eastern time. The brightness of the moon isn’t expected to interfere since it will be waning.

The best views will be in South America, eastern North America, western Europe and northwestern Africa. The radiant point of the meteors is in the Monoceros, the Unicorn constellation, near Orion the Hunter.

Scientists suggested that people prepare to observe the sky an hour before the predicted time in case the shower begins earlier.

PHOTO: AccuWeather

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