The winter solstice marks the shortest day and longest night tomorrow, which may sound all doom and gloom on the surface – but hold your horses, because it’s actually set to be one hell of an evening.
This is all down to the moon – it’s going to be a full one. You might be thinking, we’ve all seen a full moon before. BUT there will then be a peak showing of the Ursid meteor shower.
According to the Sun, the annual shower occurs as debris from Comet 8P/Tuttle hits our atmosphere, sparking as many as five to ten shooting stars an hour. So that basically means if you don’t manage to see one, you’re doing it wrong.
You have plenty of time as well because the sun is due to set at 3.53pm, which is enough to prompt a groan from all of us – but, you know, shooting stars. It’s still a win.
If you’re planning on looking out for a few shooting stars, you will be in the best position to do so if you go somewhere dark. Your chances will be heightened if you go after midnight (maybe not alone).
Apparently, it’s also a pretty good idea to go somewhere with a wide viewing point – any fields around?
And the good news – you don’t even need those shitty binoculars you have somewhere in the attic because experts say it’s easier to see meteors with the naked eye because of their fast movement.
And put your phone down (unless you’re reading a LADbible article, obvs) because your eyes need to adjust to the darkness – just a tip.
Oh and remember to wrap up -after all, it is December (just in case you happened to forget amid all this stargazing fun).
Looks like we’re in for a treat, then – however, not everyone has been quite so overjoyed by this news. One person took to social media to say: “I so want to stay up to watch this but no doubt it won’t happen.” Well, when you’re resigned to your fate…
Another person attempted to mute the fun by pointing out: “This is the UK. Only thing we’ll see is clouds and rain.”
But this comment made up for the rest: “The peak of the Ursid meteor shower in the evening/predawn, and the full moon on Saturday. I’m going to try see something, anything! Weather permitting.”
Why’re you all so damn negative?
I for one absolutely can’t wait.