Unicorn Meteor Shower Observed 4 Times In The 18th Century
The Alpha Monocerotid meteor shower, which is from the Unicorn meteor shower, took place last night. The meteor shower, which has been observed four times in the last century, has also caused a debate among scientists.
Thursday night, a rare celestial incident, the Alpha Monocerotid meteor shower took place. The meteor shower, where 400 meteorites were observed per hour, could be traced on Thursday night from the Americas, Europe and Africa.
This epic meteor shower is called Alpha Monocerotides because it appears to be emitted from the constellation Monoceros, also called Unicorn. Like other meteor showers we can observe, Alpha Monocerotid is a trace of debris left behind by comets. These small rocks and dust particles burn as they enter the atmosphere and create dazzling streaks of light.
The Alpha Monocerotide meteor shower thus formed was previously observed in 1925, 1935, 1985 and 1995. Scientists could not predict when the first three meteor showers would take place. But Peter Jenniskens of the SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center was able to predict the time of the 1995 meteor shower.
Jenniskens observed the incident in Spain after predicting the 1995 meteor shower. Peter Jenniskens and Esko Lyytinen were able to predict when they would pass Alpha Monocerotides on Thursday evening.
Astronomers, the flow will be a very narrow line will last for a total of 40 minutes, but during this time, hundreds of meteors will be observed, he said. Bill Cooke, NASA’s Meteoroid Ambient Office, said the expected explosion could not be as good as expected. Cooke thinks that a huge meteor shower cannot be observed as two astronomers predict.
The uncertainty about the meteor shower arises as to how much time the comet will spend to complete the orbit around the Sun. Scientists know the epochs of famous comets, such as the Leonids and Perseids, which create a meteor shower. However, there is still no rough estimate of Alpha Monocerotides.
Based on past eruptions, Peter Jenniskens and Esko Lyytinen claim that this comet circulates around the Sun every 500 years. Bill Cooke says that the intensity of the explosion depends on the size of the main comet’s trajectory, and the situation will be different in much larger or smaller orbits.
Therefore, partial information about the orbit of the Alpha Monocerotide says that the predictions may be inaccurate. Meteor shower was observed last night in North and South America, Western Europe and Northwest Africa. Many observers observed this rare meteor shower and shared their footage.