Watch The Ursid Meteor Shower Light Up The Night Sky

Keep your eyes on the sky when The Ursid Meteor Shower lights up the night this December.

Why should I watch the Ursid Meteor Shower?

Good news, Long Island stargazers. This year, a waning moon will make it easy for those in the northern hemisphere to view the shower. The Ursid Meteor Shower has been known on occasion to produce as many as 100 meteors per hour. Typically, at its peak, revelers can expect to observe up to 10 meteors in an hour.

When is the Ursid Meteor Shower?

The Ursid Meteor Shower occurs annually between Dec. 17 and Dec. 23 during the winter solstice. The best time to catch a glimpse this year is between midnight and dawn on Dec. 22.

How do I spot the Ursid Meteor Shower?

Avoid the bright lights of the city and find a wide-open, dark location to get the best view of The Ursid Meteor Shower. At its peak, you’ll be able to see the shower in all its glory without a telescope or special equipment.

Where does the Ursid Meteor Shower come from?

The Ursid Meteor Shower is associated with the comet 8P/Tuttle and gets it name for its radiant point located in the direction of the constellation Ursa Minor.

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