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Ursids Meteor Shower 2014

Radiate from the direction of the Constellation of Ursa Minor. (Little Dipper / Little Bear)

 

Ursids Meteor Shower

Quick facts

 

Radiate from:

Constellation of Ursa Minor.

 

Appear from near the star:

β Kochab, also referred to as (HIP72607)

 

Ursids activity:

17 to 25 December.

 

Ursids Peak Activity:

22-23 December

 

Zenithal Hourly Rate (ZHR)

10.

 

Viewing conditions:

excellent. (Moon is new. Skies are dark.)

 

Ursids parent comet:

8P/Tuttle;

also known as:

Tuttle's Comet or Comet Tuttle

 

The Ursids Meteor Shower is a  poorly-observed northern hemisphere shower. It is considered a low key shower.  

 

Ursids Meteor Shower

Northern Hemisphere Meteor Shower

Compared to others, a somewhat minor meteor shower.

 

The Ursids radiate from the direction of the Constellation of Ursa Minor. (Little Dipper / Little Bear).

They appear from near Star β Kochab, also referred to as (HIP72607) (Beta Ursae Minoris) (Kochab - β UMi)

β Kochab is a Giant Orange Star; 126.47 light year distance.

 

Ursids activity is between 17 to the 25 December 2014. with peak activity between 22-23 Decmber.

 

Viewing conditions are favourable as the Ursids coincided with a New Moon, therefore, away from cities, the sky will be dark, offering excellent viewing conditions. However meteors are few:  Zenithal Hourly Rate, ZHR: 10.

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