At dawn on November 22nd, a meteor shower will sublimate the sky, to the delight of the curious. Details.
Astronomy enthusiasts are definitely spoiled in this month of November. After having enjoyed the passage of the Leonids – especially observable between the 15th and the 20th – they will soon be able to appreciate the swarm of shooting stars of the alpha-Monocerotides.
According to the forecast for a spectacular vintage this year, this celestial spectacle will be particularly visible on the night of 21-22 November, with an impressive shower of shooting stars illuminating the sky.
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Unknown, this swarm – whose origin is still unknown – was first discovered in 1925, following an unprecedented peak of activity. Since then, further bursts have been observed in 1935, 1985 and 1995.
Usually of low intensity, the swarm once produced between 400 and 1,000 meteors during the last three bursts.
Usually, these reggae visible from the Earth only last about ten minutes at most, so you’ll have to be there if you want to take advantage of this event.
According to Esko Lyytinen and Peter Jenniskens, who are both eminent specialists recognized throughout the world, a burst of activity could therefore be observable on Friday 22 November, at dawn, shortly before 6 a.m., provided of course that the sky is clear.
To not miss anything of the show, it will be necessary to set your alarm clock, especially since it is preferable to start observing at 5 o’clock in the morning, to see the first stars.