On Saturday, December 17, the meteor shower, called the Ursids, began. This will be a regular meteor that will be visible until December 26th. However, it should be noted that the maximum falls on the night of December 22-23. It is then, when the weather is right, that you can see most of the so-called. Shooting stars.
Every year from December 17 to 26 in the sky we can admire the Ursids, ie meteor shower, for which the periodic comet 8P/Tuttle is responsible. The object leaves behind a cloud of debris. When these pieces enter the Earth’s atmosphere at high speed, they disintegrate, which in the case of large objects leads to the appearance of a bright flash or what looks like a small fireball that appears in the sky.
Ursids 2022: December meteor shower
The Ursids are an unpredictable swarm, although experts maintain that, on average, 10 objects per hour can be seen in the sky during this period. However, it should be noted that in 2014 the record was 50 pieces per hour. On December 17, we’ll find out what this year will look like. No special equipment is needed to monitor Ursids.
Meteors are visible to the naked eye, but night sky enthusiasts who expect better experiences can use, for example, amateur astronomical telescopes. Especially since the Ursids are not the brightest space objects. It is best observed away from city lights, in the dark and clear skies.
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Space.com reports that the Ursid radioactive swarm is in the constellation Ursa Minor. This means that at this point we must look for the so-called “shooting stars”. How do you find it? We recommend starting by looking for the brightest constellation, Ursa Major and its part, Ursa Major, which are located in the northern part of the sky. Next to it is Little Bear. Ursydy will appear in this area.
Karolina Modzilowska, journalist at Wirtualna Polska
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