Ursid Meteor Shower
The Ursid meteor shower reaches its peak on the night of December 22 - 23, 2019. This year, observers can expect to spot up to 10 meteors per hour under dark skies. Here is all you need to see the meteors.
The Ursid meteor shower runs from December 17 to 23 annually. It is not observable from most southern locations. The Ursid meteor shower is associated with a is a periodic Comet 8P/Tuttle. We experience the Ursid meteor shower every time when Earth passes through the trail of debris and dust left along the comet's orbit.
The best time to watch will be from midnight until dawn, but you might see an occasional Ursid during the preceding evening. For the Ursids this year, the moon will be a waning crescent that rises in before dawn on the peak date, setting up excellent meteor watching conditions. The shower’s radiant is above the Little Dipper in Ursa Minor (the Little Bear), near Polaris, but the meteors can appear anywhere. The radiant is highest in the sky after midnight, you can quickly find it in your sky with the stargazing app Star Walk 2.
To see the most meteors, find a wide-open, dark location, preferably away from light polluted skies, and just look up with your unaided eyes. Binoculars and telescopes are not useful for meteors – their field of view are too narrow. If the peak night is cloudy, the night on either side of that date will be almost as good.