The Ursids, or Ursid meteor shower, are an annual meteor shower that coincides with the winter solstice. The Ursids occur from December 17 to 25 and peak just before Christmas, around December 22, with a zenithal hourly rate of 10 meteors per hour. The meteor shower was named for its radiant point, or apparent point … [Read more…]
Here are some of the highlights of the December sky: 6 PM, southwestern sky – Mars over the southwestern horizon just after sunset 5:30 PM, southwestern sky – Venus joins Mars low over the horizon later in the month 11:30 PM, eastern sky – Jupiter rises in the east 6:30 AM, southeastern sky – Saturn … [Read more…]
Little Dipper is a prominent asterism in the northern sky, formed by the brightest stars of Ursa Minor constellation. The asterism is often confused for the constellation itself, much like the Big Dipper is sometimes confused for Ursa Major, the Great Bear, but it is only the brightest part of the constellation.