Skyscrapers can look forward to the final show of shooting stars this year as the Earth passes through the dust clouds of comets.
On the night of December 21st the Urcid meteorite is expected to rise for some time and will be visible until the early hours of December 22nd.
The celestial display is associated with the 8P / Tuttle comet, also known as the Comet Tuttle, which orbits the Sun every 13 years.
Shooting stars emerge near Beta Ursa Minoris (Kochab) in the Ursa Minor constellation.
Urside meteor showers are usually sparse, producing five meteors per hour at its peak.
The peak coincides with the first quarter moon, so weather-permitting, shooting stars will appear in the night sky.
According to the Royal Observatory Greenwich, meteor showers occur during the winter solstice, with more hours of darkness for the constellation.
When a meteorite reaches the atmosphere at a speed of 36 miles per second to create a stream of light in the sky, it will not be larger than a grain of sand.
Temperatures as high as 1,648-5,537 C can be reached across the sky.
The best way to see shooting stars is to allow at least 45 minutes for the eyes to adjust to the darkness away from all artificial lights.
The meteorites are visible to the naked eye.
The celestial sphere also coincides with a rare planetary conjunction, because Jupiter and Saturn appear at a distance of 0.1 degrees – about one-fifth the diameter of the Moon.
This combination – where objects appear very close to each other in the sky – would be the closest the two planets have appeared together since 1623.
The two gas giants appear to the naked eye as a bright object in the night sky, some calling them “Christmas stars.”
The best time to observe the combination is between 4.30pm and 6pm Irish time.
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