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UAE to witness Leonid meteor shower this weekend

UAE to witness Leonid meteor shower this weekend”

Be sure to venture outside this weekend, as the skies will light up with shooting stars due to the Lenoid Meteor Shower.

Such natural phenomena are visible on moonless nights with 10-15 meteors per hour. Skywatchers may also be able to see some meteors a few days before and after the peak.

The spectacular meteor shower will be a real celestial treat as Leonid meteorites hit earth this weekend.

As of Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C. expects clear skies during Thursday night and partly cloudy skies Friday night in Myrtle Beach.

They got the name from the constellation Leo the Lion where the meteors appear to radiate from a point around Leo's head - the stars Adhafera and Algeiba. Instead this will help provide better chances to view of the meteors. They generally are best after midnight and should be good as well on Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Hassan Al Hariri, CEO of Dubai Astronomy Group, said "The new moon will appear on November 18 and so will not be overshadowed by lunar light". Awarded gold tier designation by the International Dark Sky Association, it is officially the best place in England for people to go to enjoy the heavens.

Will you need a telescope?

The meteor shower will be visible to the naked eye.

"Be patient - the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse". They were visible from any part of earth except the South Pole.

There are many other meteor showers, but on average they do not have as many bright meteors as the Perseids, Leonids, or Geminids.

"If you do look directly at the radiant, you will find that the meteors will be short - this is an effect of perspective called foreshortening".



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