Saturday, December 20, 2008

Ursids burst

This is for you night owls in the northern hemisphere. Ursids is an annual even causing a few shooting stars to come from within Ursa Minor. This year, however, the show could be spectacular in the earliest hours of Dec. 23. Ursa Minor remains above the horizon in the northern hemisphere for the entire night, thus the event cannot be seen from the southern hemisphere.

Here is a NASA article about it. It predicts the most likely time to see the 8P/Tuttle debris, shed in 1405, is 0229 EST. Here is more information from Meteor Showers Online. If it wasn't so incredibly cold up here I might consider getting up for the event, but don't hold your breath.

On the west coast it will only be 11:30 pm on the 22nd and probably a bit warmer, though my sources in WA tell me it has actually snowed out there too!

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