Thursday, December 19, 2013

Ursid Meteor Shower 2013

Stargazing bench.
Image: suphakit73, FreeDigitalPhotos.
The 2013 Ursid Meteor Shower will be at its peak near Winter Solstice, December 21st and 22nd. 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 waning gibbous moon will limit visibility.

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.

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