|Stargazing bench. Image: suphakit73, FreeDigitalPhotos.|
The 2012 Ursid Meteor Shower will be at its peak near Winter Solstice, December 21st and 22nd. Perhaps the End of the World is also at hand, according to one interpretation of the Mayan Calendar. The shower is visible in the northern parts of the Northern Hemisphere.
City lights, called light pollution, can interfere with viewing. So can reflected moonlight. The current first quarter moon will limit visibility somewhat.
Meteor showers are named for the constellation they appear to be near. The Ursid Meteor Shower appears near the constellation Ursa Minor, the Little Dipper.
Check out these sites for more information about the Ursid Meteor Shower, including recommended viewing times for your corner of the globe.
- EarthSky: 2012 Ursid meteor shower active around winter solstice
- Viewing the Ursid Meteor Shower in 2012
- EarthSky's meteor shower guide for 2012
- StarDate 2012 Meteor Showers
- American Meteor Society
- Starry Skies: Ursa Minor
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