Peak For December 2016 Ursid Meteors Visible Tonight/Overnight

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Fans of meteor showers will want to take note of the peak time for the Ursid Meteors tonight. The peak occurs during the predawn hours of December 22.

Though not as numerous as the Geminid meteor shower event, Ursid produces about a dozen or so moderately bright meteors per hour at their peak, according to Space.com. According to EarthSky.org: The 2016 peak is probably on the night of December 21 (best before dawn on December 22), but you can see meteors in this shower for several days around the December solstice. As many as 100 meteors per hour have been seen, but only in short bursts. Expect 5 to 10 meteors per hour.

The weather forecast for the High Country calls for partly cloudy skies with wind gusts up to 40 mph after midnight.

More information about the Ursid meteors is available in the video below, starting at the 1:09 mark.

Photo: Space.com

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