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Canopus to rise in UAE skies on 24th August - Astronomist

posted on 11/08/2008: 1715 views



Canopus, one of the most powerful stars in our galaxy, will rise in the UAE skies minutes before the daybreak on 24th this month, and will continue to be visible until the end of winter in the Arabian Peninsula.

Astronomist and general supervisor of the Planetarium affiliated to Sharjah Department of Culture and Information Ibrahim al-Jarwan said that the brightest star in the southern constellation of Carina started to appear in the Yemeni skies earlier this month, and will slowly become visible to the northern parts of the Arabian Peninsula by the end of August.

For inhabitants of Syria, the star will position itself exactly in the direction of the Holy mosque in Makkah enabling the travellers to decide the direction of Ka'aba until the end of winter.

Since Canopus is so far south in the sky, it never rises in mid- or far-northern latitudes; it cannot be seen north of latitude 38 degrees N. Al Jarwan said in a report that the star will be visible in the southern horizon at a latitude of 12 degrees. Scientists believe that Canopus is 15,000 times more luminous than the Sun and the most intrinsically bright star. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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