The last meteor shower of 2020 will delight skiers

Skyscrapers can look forward to the final show of hunting stars this year as the Earth passes through the dust clouds of the comets.

On the night of December 21 the Urcid meteorite is expected to rise for some time and will be visible until the wee 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.

Hunting stars appear near Beta Ursa Minoris (Kochab) in the constellation Ursa Minor.

Urside meteor showers are usually scarce, emitting five meteors per hour at maximum.

The peak corresponds to the moon in the first quarter, so weather permitting, shooting stars will appear in the night sky.

According to the Royal Greenwich Observatory, meteor showers occur during the winter solstice, with increased hours of darkness for the constellation.

Meteorites visible to the naked eye (Danny Lawson / PA)

When a meteorite reaches the atmosphere at a speed of 36 miles per second to create a stream of light in the sky, it is nothing more 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 burning stars is to allow at least 45 minutes for the eyes to change to darkness away from the artificial lights.

The meteorites are visible to the naked eye.

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The celestial sphere also coincides with a rare planetary correlation, as 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 together in the skies – was 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 of which are referred to as “Christmas stars. ”

The best time to see the mix is ​​between 4.30pm and 6pm Irish time.