Park your cars and snuggle in for a night under the stars this weekend
The Perseids fever might be past, but there’s another meteor shower hitting the horizon soon. Get ready to spend a night under the stars as they fall all around you!
Literally but not really, with the Leonid meteor shower visible to the UAE skies this weekend. The meteors – comet debris that’s hurtling into the atmosphere at great speed – range from sand grain size to pebble-sized and make pretty colourful streaks as they enter the earth’s atmosphere.
To catch a glimpse, head to Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah on 17 and 18 November nights for one of the best views of the Leonid meteor shower – far away from all the light pollution.
Want to be guided by the experts? The Dubai Astronomy Group is organising a viewing of the stars, complete with telescopes, fun facts and more from 10pm to 3am. All you need to bring are snacks and blankets and settle in for a starry night!
A little more about the Leonid meteor shower
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One of the most famous, The Leonids peak during mid-November each year. A typical Leonid meteor arrives at a speed of 71 kilometres per second (that’s over 200 times faster than a bullet).
The shower is called so because the point in the sky where the meteors seem to emerge from lies in the constellation Leo.
While dark skies will allow you a view of at least 10 to 15 Leonid meteors per hour, light pollution over the years might not favour the same outcome. One can hope though, and happy stargazing!
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