Ursid meteor shower peaks on longest night of the year

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The Ursid meteor shower usually offers about five to ten meteors an hour. In rare instances, you can see bursts of more than 100 an hour, according to reports. (Getty Images)

(KTVI) — The annual Ursid meteor shower is expected to peak the morning of December 22, but you can see a show in the sky all week. The shower runs from December 17 to December 26 every year, always peaking around the solstice, which this year falls on December 21.

Earthsky.org reports the Ursid meteor shower usually offers about five to ten meteors an hour. In rare instances, you can see bursts of more than 100 an hour. Watching from the Northern Hemisphere, look north of the Big Dipper around 1 a.m. to begin viewing.

You can find out how clear it will be at night by checking out the latest weather updates.

Meteor showers occur when the Earth passes through streams of debris left behind in the wake of comets and asteroids. In-the-sky.org says shooting stars are seen whenever one of these pieces of debris collides with the Earth’s atmosphere.

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