The alpha Monocerotids (AMO)
November 15–25; Maximum: November 22, 06h UT;
ZHR = variable, usually ≈ 5, but has produced an outburst to ≈ 400, see text;
V∞ = 65 km/s.
This shower has a variable strength capable of outbursts, but usually very quiet. Activity may be seen for a week centered on November 22, but activity is usually limited to November 21-23. Maximum activity this year is expected near 17:00hrs AEDT on November 22, when an outburst from this source is possible. Maximum rates are unknown but during the last outburst in 1995, ZHR’s reached 400 for a short time. This area of the sky lies in southeastern Canis Minor, 4 degrees southeast of the brilliant zero magnitude star known as Procyon (alpha Canis Minoris). This radiant is best placed in the sky near 0400 LST, when it lies highest above the horizon in a dark sky. With an entry velocity of 63 km/sec., most activity from this radiant would be of swift velocity. The Radiant will be visible in Southern Australia late in the evening just above the horizon, South of Procyon and East of Sirius.