The annual Geminid meteor shower, peaks overnight. The Geminid’s usually put on a dazzling display that wows sky watchers around the world each December. NASA says astronomers consider it one of the “best and most reliable” showers of the year.
To spot the Ursids, first locate the constellation Ursa Minor. Polaris is the tail of the Little Dipper’s handle. The constellation has two stars at the outer end of its bowl, the brighter star, Kochab, is the origin point for the Ursid meteor shower.
For viewers in the Northern Hemisphere, Kochab’s position so near to the north pole of the sky means that the star almost never sets. Unfortunately the meteor shower is not visible in the Southern Hemisphere.
NASA’s Polar Resources Ice Mining Experiment-1 (PRIME-1) mission will launch to the Moon’s south pole on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
PRIME-1 will help identify and assess the abundance and quality of water in an area expected to contain ice. This information will inform future missions and sustainable operations, including in-situ resource utilization, on the Moon.