Stargazers will be able to see a Meteor shower AND a FULL Moon during today's Winter Solstice

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Skygazers have the chance to catch a rare combination of three astronomical events tomorrow, when the Ursid meteor shower and a full moon fall on the Winter Solstice.

The annual display of shooting stars will coincide with the last full moon of 2018 on the shortest day of the year.   

The Ursid meteor showers is created by debris from Comet 8P Tuttle smashing into the Earth's atmosphere, with as many as five to ten shooting stars an hour. 

 Â Stargazers will have a chance to catch the Ursid meteor shower along with a full moon in the early night sky on Winter Solstice tomorrow night. The annual event will coincide with the meteor shower and a full moon during the phenomenon on Friday, the shortest day of the year





Stargazers will have a chance to catch the Ursid meteor shower along with a full moon in the early night sky on Winter Solstice tomorrow night. The annual event will coincide with the meteor shower and a full moon during the phenomenon on Friday, the shortest day of the year

Britons will only get seven hours and 49 minutes of daylight before they may be able to see the peak of the shower, providing the sky is clear.

The sun is due to set on Friday at 3:53pm GMT, so there is plenty of time to catch the phenomenon.

The meteors will appear throughout the evening, but will be easiest to see in the early hours of Saturday morning, when it’s dark.

The meteor shower is called the Ursids, because the meteors seem to radiate from the constellation Ursa Minor.

The Ursid shower takes place every year between 17 and 23 December.





The MET office advises that the best way to see a meteor shower is to stay away from any light pollution such as heavily lit areas of urban towns and cities. 

They also say to try to view the shower from a wide-viewing point and with the naked eye as experts say it's easier to spot the quick-moving objects.

 The sun is due to set on Friday at 3:53pm, so there is plenty of time to catch the phenomenon. The meteors will appear throughout the evening, but will be easiest to see in the early hours of Saturday morning, when it¿s dark

The sun is due to set on Friday at 3:53pm, so there is plenty of time to catch the phenomenon. The meteors will appear throughout the evening, but will be easiest to see in the early hours of Saturday morning, when it’s dark

Weather experts also advise that you avoid looking at your smartphone as it takes your eyes a while to adjust to the darkness.

This year's event as rare. The last time a full moon occurred on the Winter Solstice was in 2010 and the next one won’t be until 2094.

Shooting star is a common name for the visible part of small dust or rocks from space, as it travels through the Earth's atmosphere while burning up.

These amazing streaks of light you can sometimes see in the night sky are caused by tiny bits of dust and rock called meteoroids falling into the Earth's atmosphere and breaking up.

The short-lived trail of light that the meteoroid produces is called a meteor.

If any part of the meteoroid survives burning up and actually hits the Earth, that remaining bit is then called a meteorite.

However, the events won't pose a threat to humans as the objects nearly always burn up in our atmosphere before reaching the planet's surface.
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