Saturday, December 22, 2012

Ursid Meteor Shower Peaks Saturday

This year, the peak of this meteor display is due during the morning hours of Saturday, Dec. 22.The Ursids are so named because they appear to fan out from the vicinity of the bright orange star Kochab, in the constellation of Ursa Minor, the Little Bear. Kochab is the brighter of the two outer stars in the bowl of the Little Dipper (the other being Pherkad), that seem to march in a circle like sentries around Polaris, the North Star.

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