The shower, which usually coincides with the winter solstice, is named the Ursids because it appears to fan out from the vicinity of a star in the constellation of Ursa Minor.
The Ursid shower is less well-known than the Geminid shower, also in December, a much more prolific and reliable event. The Geminids can produce up to 120 meteors per hour while the Ursids produce about a dozen or so per hour at the peak, SPACE.com reported.
The Ursids are debris from the periodic comet Tuttle 8P/Tuttle, which circles the sun in a 13.6-year orbit.
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