The UAE will host Expo 2020!
  • Arabic
Supported by the UAE National Media Council
We are in the process of developing and improving our website, and we invite you to participate in our brief survey to measure the level of your satisfaction
Satisfaction Survey For UAE Interact Website
رغبة منا بالتعرف على مستوى رضاكم عن موقعنا وبهدف تطويره وتحسينه، فقد قمنا بتصميم استبيان سريع لقياس مدى الرضا عن موقع دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة روعي في تصميم الاستبيان أن يكون قصيرا وسريعا كي لا نطيل عليكم، وعليه نرجو منكم التكرم باستكماله عن طريق الرابط التالي
استبيان رضا المتعاملين عن موقع دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة

Meteor shower of the decade to light up desert sky

posted on 19/05/2014: 3700 views



A public event is being hosted by Dubai Astronomy Group, between 9pm and 5am this coming Friday night, 23rd May, to witness a new meteor shower called the Camelopardalids (so-called as it originates in the Giraffe Constellation).

The debris trail from Comet 209P/Linear, discovered in 2004, is the originator of this meteor shower and the Earth will cross the comet path on the morning of the 24th May. Based on professional forecasts, this new Meteor shower could be an astronomical experience of a life-time and produce a unique meteor storm which would see dense outbursts of bright multiple meteors and provide in excess of 1000 shooting stars an hour during a peak shower. The lowest expectation would be 60-100 meteors an hour throughout the night.

The Dubai Astronomy Group event is being hosted at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa, and will also provide visitors with an opportunity to look through the club telescopes at other celestial objects including; Saturn, Mars, double stars, globular clusters, nebula and other deep sky objects. In addition, the Moon rises in the morning, just before sunrise, in a close conjunction with the planet Venus. The event will feature live presentations and videos about the night sky, plus live broadcasts with others in international outreach community.

The event organisers are also working in collaboration with Astronomers without Borders, and will feature live links between Dubai and California.

Spectators unable to make it to the Dubai venue should still be able to view some of the celestial activity, providing they can escape the ambient light of populated areas. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

RELATED ARTICLES

05 December 2016 Dubai to become UAE’s gateway to space
31 August 2016 Arab world to witness annular solar eclipse on Thursday
22 May 2016 Abu Dhabi stargazers witness rare 'Mars opposition' moment
10 May 2016 Celestial treat for UAE stargazers
08 April 2016 Sharjah Planetarium: UAE to watch transit of Mercury across Sun disk on 9 May


Most Read