Now is the time to start watching for Ursid meteors, which peak every year around the December solstice.
The peak will come probably on the night of December 21, which is solstice night, and the early morning of December 22.
As many as 100 meteors per hour have been seen in short bursts.
If you catch the shower at its peak, you can expect to see around 5 to 10 meteors per hour.
The moon will be in a waxing crescent phase and will not be in the sky during the best viewing hours, which is after midnight.
This shower favors northerly latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere. At the far northerly latitudes, it’s generally a low-key production, not nearly as exciting as last week’s Geminid meteor shower.
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