The so-called "unicorn meteor storm" could light up in the night sky tonight as the Earth passed through an area of space debris created by a mysterious comet.
If you want to boost your chances of getting shot by rare stars this November, you should follow these tips, offered by Space.com and other astronomical experts.
- Late maintenance plan. The meteor storm is expected to be at its best at 11.50 p.m. Eastern time is Thursday, according to the American Meteor Society. Astronomy experts at AccuWeather say star gazers should start looking for meteors around 11 p.m. and keep looking at midnight. "Try to get to a place that will give you a panoramic view of the sky, with no obstacles like tall trees or buildings," says Space.com "Simply put: your sky is darker and the more sky you see, the more meteors you see. "
- Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to relax comfortably and look at the sky.
- Give your eyes about 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness. That will improve your chances of seeing more shooting stars.
- For most of the eastern United States and eastern Canada, meteors are low in the sky, so Space.com doesn't say look upward in the east-southwest sky.
- In case you were wondering, you do not requiring binoculars, telescopes or special glasses to detect meteor showers. Your own set of eyes is all you need.
- You need clear skies, which are out of your control. As of today, weather forecasters say people in the western and north-central United States have the best shot at seeing a meteor storm, with only cloud expected. Cloudy skies can impede view of much of the eastern and southern United States. show Thursday night, bursting into a storm. But viewing conditions may not be ideal in some parts of the United States.
The National Weather Service is calling for most of the cloudy skies in every region of New Jersey Thursday night. Most cloudy skies are also expected for New York City and Philadelphia. Although those sounds are annoying to look at, there can be some rest in the clouds.
Can a heavenly sky appear? . Bill Cooke, a meteorologist at NASA, said he thinks "there is a good chance that there might be no explosion. And if anything, it wouldn't be as wonderful as many would think." amazing meteor storm. He researched the issue, and there were some technical reasons why he believed this meteor shower could be a dumb one.
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