When to watch the most stunning Ursid meteor shower light up the sky is best for stargazers

Named after the constellation Ursa Minor, from which the meteors appear to radiate, the Ursids offer a unique astronomical experience. 

This guide will help you understand when and how to best observe this stunning meteor shower. 

The Ursid meteor shower is an annual event that occurs as the Earth passes through debris left by the comet 8P/Tuttle.  

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This comet, discovered in 1790 by Pierre Méchain, orbits the sun every 13.6 years, leaving a trail of particles that ignite upon entering Earth's atmosphere, creating the meteor shower. 

Unlike the more famous Perseids or Geminids, the Ursids are less prolific, typically producing around 5-10 meteors per hour at their peak. 

However, what they lack in numbers, they often make up for in brightness and the sheer joy of witnessing a more serene and less crowded meteor shower. 

This year, the best viewing window is expected on the night of December 21 and the early morning hours of December 22. 

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