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Ursid Meteor Shower

This shower is caused by dust from  Comet P/Tuttle, originally found by French astronomer Pierre Mechain in 1790, and rediscovered by Horace Tuttle of the Harvard Observatory in 1858. This comet has a period of 13.7 years. Meteors from the Ursid shower may be visible from December 17 through 25 with the peak occurring December 21/22. The Ursid meteor rate is not spectacular, averaging only 5 per hour. The meteors will appear to originate from a point in the middle of Ursa Major (RA 14 hrs 28 min, Dec +78°) in the northern sky.


J.M. Thomas, last updated October 7, 1999.

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