He added that, for skywatchers on the west coast, they won't see the meteor outburst, even if their skies are clear and their friends on the East coast are getting a cosmic show.
The meteor shower peak should come at about 11:50 p.m. Thursday.
The action should unfold early Friday morning over the western portions of Europe and Africa.
While there's no guarantee it will be exactly the same this time, scientists believe this event may be very impressive, with several meteors visible per second during the peak. The Earth's orbit rarely interacts with the debris trail directly.More news: Twitter naturally lets users reply to tweets & # 39; hide & # 39
With a bit of luck, people in the Eastern United States will be able to witness a rare meteor shower known as the Alpha Monocerotids late Thursday night.
The intensity of a meteor shower depends on how large and dense the comet's dust trail is.
Sky-watchers may get to see 2019 really go out with a bang, with the expected arrival this week of an explosion of shooting stars. There's going to be a meteor shower tonight that is so rare that it's called a "unicorn" meteor shower for more than one reason.
Upper-level cloud cover might be the only factor in viewing the meteor shower.More news: Grace Millane trial: Man found guilty of killing British backpacker in NZ
The only other recorded outbursts took place in 1925, 1935, 1985 and 1995.
NASA's Bill Cooke has some doubts about the frequency of the meteors, but we could see roughly 75 per hour in the Big Bend and South Georgia based on his analysis.
In the US the views will be best in the northeastern and Midwest, though views in the southeast may also catch a glimpse as they look east.
Alpha Monocerotid meteor showers happen every November, but outbursts like Thursday's shower only happen every few decades when the comet's dust trail gets closer to Earth's orbit, said Esko Lyytinen and Peter Jenniskens, the meteor scientists who predicted this shower. No telescopes or equipment are required to see the shower, but people are being advised to wrap up in warm clothes and avoid looking at their phones to allow their eyes to adjust to the night sky.More news: GM’s first electric truck could be ready in 2021