Sure, everyone always talks about the Geminid Meteor Shower in December, but you know who else throws some star dust our way? Ursid. Does anyone care? Not really – and that’s just a plain shame. You should all hang your heads.
The Ursids, so named because the shootings star appear to fan out from the constellation of Ursa Minor, (aka, the Little Bear) are not as prolific with their displays (only a dozen per hour), but nevertheless offer a consistent way to score some wishes.
According to Space.com, the shower is often neglected because, well, it’s cold outside and you have yet to score those warm socks you asked Santa for. BUT, this year is supposed to offer prime viewing conditions with a new moon keeping the skies dark. “December’s New Moon gives a perfect chance to end the year positively, if skies are clear enough to see what the Ursids may do this time,” said British meteor expert Alastair McBeath.
So, bundle up and show a little love to the Ursids. At the very least, it will offer you a little practice for viewing the Quadrantid shower on January 4th; which is predicted to produce over 100 shooting stars per hour.