Ursid meteor shower, last of 2017

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Ursid meteor shower, last of 2017

The last meteor shower of 2017 will peak this week. The predawn hours of Friday and Saturday will be when the most meteors will be visible. The Ursid meteor shower is named because the radiant point is Ursa Minor or the Little Dipper.

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Can we see it here? 

This year, a waxing crescent moon won't get in your way because it will set early in the evening. The bad news is we will be tracking our next system to swing through Friday into Saturday. Clouds might get in your way Friday between midnight and dawn with the chance for rain, then overnight into Saturday morning.

Where do I look?

Despite the clouds not cooperating, you might want to take your chance, mainly Friday night. The Little Dipper will rise in the northeast sky after midnight so bundle up and look up into the sky. Give your eyes about 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness and see if you are lucky enough to see some meteors pass by. 

If the clouds are too much, the first meteor shower of 2018 is the Quadrantids which peaks Jan 2-3.

 

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