Tonight’s Winter Solstice Will Bring A Special Display Of Shooting Stars In The Last Meteor Shower Of 2019

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On the morning of December 22nd or 23rd, with a little disturbance from the waning crescent moon, the Ursid meteors are expected to peak.

The Ursid shower is active each year around December 17 to 26. Its peak is around the December solstice. During the predawn hours, the shower offers 5 to 10 meteors per hour. People love watching it because, in the past years, more than 100 meteors per hour could be seen during this phenomenon. As the shower comes to a peak on December 22 or 23, the waning crescent moon in the morning sky shouldn’t too obtrude. The best time to watch Ursids meteors are in the mornings in the predawn hours.

Now, here is some information about the Ursid.

It’s a new shower that was first observed around the turn of the 20th century. It was the moment when a skywatcher saw meteors that weren’t random in their direction of motion across the sky’s dome. Instead, they appeared to radiate from the star Kochab of the Little Dipper asterism.

These meteors have gained popularity as a result of these possible outbursts. In 1945 and 1986, about 100 meteors per hour could be seen. And in 1973, an unexpected increase of 30 meteors per hour came in.

If you are planning to watch the meteor shower, remember that it’s like fishing. You don’t know what you will get, but you hope to get the biggest fish.

The meteor showers get their names according to the constellations in which the radiant points lie. And because the Little Dipper asterism is located in the Ursa Minor, the Lesser Bear constellation the shower got the name Ursid meteor shower.

The North Star or Pole Star is in Ursa Minor, and from this, we know that it’s a far northern constellation. Those who live in the Southern Hemisphere can’t see the Ursids because the radiant point is far north.

If you enjoy watching meteor showers find someplace to camp out. Don’t forget to bring warm clothes and make sure the place you camp is free of artificial lights.

Those latitudes like the northern U.S. and Europe, the radiant of the shower is out the whole night. Observe the dark sky on the evening of December 21 or the following evening, December 22. Remember, the radiant point rises throughout the night, and its highest point is just before dawn.

Astronomers believe that the Comet 8P/Tuttle is the meteor’s source because Ursids move in the same orbit as the comet as well.


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