On the night of December 21 and early morning of December 22, the world will witness the Ursids River, the last meteor shower of the year, so you will be able to enjoy it to the fullest.
In late December, the Earth passes through a region of its orbit coinciding with a cloud where remnants of dust, ice and rock are concentrated. 8P / Tuttle, a comet 4.5 kilometers long and takes 13.6 years to orbit the sun.
The contact of these particles with the Earth’s atmosphere causes the Ursids River to appear, the last meteor showers of the year. And although it’s not a meteorite, the circumstances are Up to 12 meteors per hour.
Although it is not one of the strongest meteor showers of the year, in clear skies and in ideal conditions, on a clear night, it is possible to observe an average 12 meteors per hour.
The best time to see the Ursids will be the night of the 21st and the early morning of December 22nd, when it reaches its climax. As the name implies, the radiant from Ursids (The point from which most meteorites seem to originate, according to Earth’s perspective) is Ursa Minor; but nevertheless, You do not need to focus your gaze on the northern constellation.
Instead, you’d better find a comfortable place with the greatest field of view for the celestial vault, because as in all meteor showers, Meteors can appear suddenly Anywhere.
How to enjoy a meteor shower to the fullest
Find a place free from light pollution: The best places to enjoy a meteor shower are those far from the cities. If you can get out into a rural area with low light pollution, you will get an unbeatable experience.
be comfortable: Find a position that allows you to see most of the sky (it’s best to lie on your back so you don’t strain your neck). Remember that it is not necessary to use any optical instrument and that the best way to see Geminids is with the naked eye.
Let your eyes get used to the dark: It is possible that during the first half hour of observation, you will not be able to see very many meteors.
In the same way that when you enter a room with the light off and at first you can’t see anything, your eyes need to adapt to the darkness to catch more light. Avoid looking at any light source (even your cell phone) and in no time you’ll be able to capture more details of the night sky.