Ursid meteor shower peaks December 21st

The Ursids a meteor shower that originates from comet 8P/Tuttle, also known as Mechain-Tuttle’s Comet.  This year’s meteor shower coincides with a new moon and the December solstice.  This new moon will create perfect conditions to view the Ursids in the Northern Hemisphere.  Active annually between December seventeenth and the twenty second, the Ursids are named after the constellation Ursa Minor because the shower seems to radiate from that direction.

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Ursids is a December meteor shower.

This should be a decent show with about ten meteors per hour, not the most active but is always consistent.  Hopefully we will have clear skies to see this show, but in our area that is not likely.

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