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Leonid meteor shower: SC to have excellent visibility for this celestial spectacle

15 Novembre 2017

And, this time it's no space junk that was mistaken for a meteorite last month and disappointed many sky gazers.

This annual meteor shower gets its name from the constellation Leo, where its meteors appear to originate.

Skywatchers, take note: The Leonid meteor shower will peak this week.

Viewers can expect to see around 10 to 20 meteors per hour, NASA reports, and you won't need a telescope to see them either. It is responsible for some of the most intense meteor storms in history, with meteors recorded as falling at rates as high as 50,000 per hour.

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With winter fast approaching, there aren't many weekends left to enjoy the outdoors without a heavy coat and a warm cup of coffee, which is why you should start making plans right now to see the Leonid meteor shower this weekend.

The Dubai Astronomy Group has organized an event open for public to observe the breath-taking celestial phenomenon from Friday evening until early morning on Saturday.

According to Hassan Al Hariri, CEO of Dubai Astronomy Group, visibility of the shower this year will be excellent, as there will be a new moon on November 18. It was popularly known as the northern Taurid meteor as they had better views from the Northern Hemisphere. "Meteors might be visible a few days before and after the peak". The location will only be disclosed to those who register.

Leonid meteor shower: SC to have excellent visibility for this celestial spectacle