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Meteor showers in late November



Astronomy lovers have this November an opportunity like never before to witness three major meteor showers at their peak. They are the Northern Taurids, the Leonids and the Alpha Monocerotids.

The latter, one of the most mysterious rains, comes from the constellation Monoceros, also known as Unicorn.

This shower takes place every year from the 15th to the 25th of November, registering its peak day on the 21st. Normally the rate of meteors is quite low, but sometimes the Alpha Monocerotids can shoot with about 400 meteorites per hour or more than a thousand in some rare occasions. This is what happened in 1925 or 1935 for example.

Last year astronomers also expected a great intensity of meteorites, there was even talk of a record rain of 20 years, but the result was not so spectacular. Perhaps this year may surprise us, which has so far brought many surprises. (Text and photo: RT)