Alpha Monocerotids Meteor Stream

     I read in a news article yesterday that two researchers Esko Lyytinen and Peter Jenniskens predicted the storm could produce anywhere between 400 to 1,000 meteors in the night sky.  Data showed the peak of the storm would be around 11:50 p.m. but meteors could have been seen as early as 11:15 p.m.

Meteors are commonly known as “shooting stars.”


Allow me to paint a picture for you; I’m 6’2″ and worked both of my jobs yesterday.  I am now standing outside at 11:10 pm because I didn’t want to miss anything, with my head tilted back and just staring into the sky.  (Side note, there are plenty of chairs and lounge chairs I could’ve been sitting in) So there I was standing there looking up at the sky, waiting for some miraculous event that is known as the “unicorn meteor shower” once every some-odd years that is supposed to happen, hoping for some humbling and spiritual experience to occur.

Then randomly my phone is getting several text messages, it’s my little sister who is away at college, I stopped looking for some non-human miracle, went inside and we ended up face-timing for a while.

So as I was standing out in the yard, after the hustle and bustle and chaos that was my day between both jobs…I somehow forgot or neglected to remember the fact that every day at any point in time I can text or call my siblings and see the wonders of the world because the truth is they are my world and that’s close enough to seeing some “unicorn meteor shower” for me.

The humbling thing that actually happened is, the fact that I have my own shooting stars…and I don’t need any scientists or researchers to tell me that.