Look up! The Ursid meteor shower starts tonight (Dec. 17)

An image of the night sky showing the Ursid meteor shower originating from the Ursa Minor constellation.

The annual Ursid meteor shower will begin on Saturday (Dec. 17) and last through the Yuletide period until the day after Christmas day. 

The Ursid meteor shower will peak on Thursday, Dec. 22, but the following day when the moon is in its fully dark new moon phase might be an opportune time to hunt for bright streaks and fireballs from this meteor shower.