The Ursids are a low-key meteor shower, with a few meteors visible per hour. They seem to originate from Ursa Minor (the Little Dipper), but will appear through the entire sky. This year they will be most visible in the predawn sky between December 22-23, almost as an welcome to the winter season. 

It is winter so bundle up if you want to watch for meteors, as it is getting late in the year! Get to a dark spot, get comfortable, bring extra blankets to stay warm, and let your eyes adjust to the dark sky. A cozy lounge chair makes for a great seat, as does simply lying on your back on a blanket, eyes scanning the whole sky.  

You can use the free Meteor Counter app to record your meteor count and participate in NASA's LADEE mission! Available for iOS devices at

Image of the radiant of the Ursids
mage of the radiant of the Ursids, courtesy EarthSky

Date: Monday, 12/22/2014 - Tuesday, 12/23/2014