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The Ursids: Nature’s Holiday Light Show

The Ursids: Nature’s Holiday Light Show

Get ready for a spectacular holiday season light show every late December as the annual Ursid meteor shower coincides with the dark sky of a nearly new Moon in what astronomers are predicting will be a phenomenal display.

Expect dozens of meteors per hour to emerge from the constellation Ursa Minor, also known as the “Little Bear,” all night long. The constellation is easy to spot because it contains Polaris, the North Star. Though many of these will be faint, the shower does have a reputation for including some bright, colorful fireballs. Due to the relative darkness of the sky that night, viewers in prime locations should be able to see even the dimmer meteors with little trouble.

Created by dust from the tail of the comet Comet 8P/Tuttle, the Ursids are not typically one of the strongest meteor showers commonly observed. But you still may be able to view them because of the dark skies due to the new moon. Head outside and look up!

1 comment

1 Shelly Williams { 12.22.14 at 6:11 pm }

Not sure of the date….it says Fri. the 23rd but the 23rd is Tues.

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