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The Final Meteor Shower of 2014

The Ursids light up Monday night with no moonlight to get in the way
By - posted 12/21/2014 No Comment

Although The Ursids is a relatively minor meteor shower producing only about 5-10 meteors per hour, 2014 will be one of the best years to observe the Ursids because there will be no moonlight to interfere with the show. Best viewing will be just after midnight from a dark location far away from city lights. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Ursa Minor, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tuttle, which was first discovered in 1790. The shower runs annually from December 17-25. For 2014 it peaks on the night of the 22nd.

Source: EarthSky and SeaSky