Tomorrow’s Ultra Rare Comet-Induced Meteor Shower Will Light Up The Night Sky


Tomorrow night, the Charlotte region will be in the prime path of an ultra rare meteor storm.

According to meteor scientists Esko Lyytinen and Peter Jenniskens, there’s a “good chance” that we will see the first alpha Monocerotids meteor storm since 1995, a storm that produced roughly 400 meteors per hour.

The meteors have precipitated from the constellation Monoceros, a faint arrangement just left of Orion that means ‘unicorn’ in Greek.

You’ll want to go outside at least a half-hour before peak time (about 11:30 pm) to be sure you can see the storm and to give your eyes time to adjust to the dark night sky.

You can download a GPS-synced skymap on your phone to easily locate the Monoceros constellation to see the source of the meteors, although they will likely fill up a large portion of the night sky.