Astronomy aficionados from the United Arab Emirates will be bedazzled by a night show which will take place on November the 16th, around midnight. Dubai’s sky will be lit by Leonid meteor shower, celebrating the astronomical event of the year.
Astronomers expect 10 to 15 meteor per hour to hit Earth’s atmosphere. The event will be set in motion shortly after the sunset. All enthusiasts out there are hoppy that the skies will be clear in order to see what Nature has prepared for us. Although there have been a couple of showers over the last weekend, everyone hopes that the heavy clouds will go away for tonight.
The celestial event is greeting with high anticipation all over Dubai. Back in August, the tenants of the UAE were amazed by the Perseid meteor shower, which literally fired up the night sky, offering them an unforgettable display.
Those who are eager to learn a thing or two about the Leonid meteor shower or about astronomy, can enroll in any of the programs hosted by the Dubai Astronomy Group. The Group is hosting a public view of the event which starts around nine o’clock. For those eager to find out more about the event, the group also prepared an astrophotography workshop scheduled to begin at 10 PM.
The events will take place at the Showka Dam, and everyone who wishes to participate must hurry up to sing the registry. A trip to Showka Dam takes about 2 to 3 hours, and you would have to travel across 100 kilometers.
If, for some reason, you can’t bring yourself to travel that far, have no worry. You will able to watch the show from the comfort of your back yard. The astronomical group went ahead and provided some tips for those who willing to stargaze from their backyard.
According to NASA, the event will start somewhere from the Leo constellation and it can be viewed with the naked eye.
What can you do in order to watch the show from your backyard? First of all, find a path away from any bright light, which can dampen your field of view. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or a sleeping back, because it’s going to be chilly. Bring a mug of coffee or some tee, tuck into the blanket at set your eyes on the sky.
Don’t fret if you can’t see anything. It takes the eye more than 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness.