Ursid meteor shower in 2020 is reaching its peak now! Here’s what to expect.

Only now are we descending from the top of the year for meteor enthusiasts: the Geminid meteor shower, which reached a prolific maximum of 60 to 120 meteors per hour on the night of December 13-14. But there is still another meteor shower to consider before closing the book in 2020: the Ursid meteor shower in December, which usually occurs during the night of December 21-22.

The bear cubs are so named because they appear to emerge from the vicinity of the bright orange star Kochab, in the constellation Little Bear, the little bear. Kochab is the brightest of the two outer stars in the Little Chariot ship (the other being Pherkad), which appear to march in a circle like sentries around Polaris, the North Star. But while Geminids are at the top of most meteorite observers to see the list, Ursids are usually at the bottom and are usually given little attention, except for the most assiduous meteorite observers. .

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Ursid meteor shower will peak on December 2-22.  They will appear to radiate from the constellation Ursa Mică, which contains Little Carul, in the northern sky.

Ursid meteor shower will peak on December 2-22. They will appear to radiate from the constellation Ursa Mică, which contains Little Carul, in the northern sky. (Image credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech)

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