Dubai holds event to view spectacular meteor shower

Dubai Astronomy Group to host event at Bab Al Shams to see Camelopardalids shower on Friday night
Dubai holds event to view spectacular meteor shower
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By Andy Sambidge
Mon 19 May 2014 08:29 AM

A public event is being hosted by Dubai Astronomy Group on Friday night to witness what it is describing as an "experience of a lifetime" meteor shower.

The event at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa will take place between 9pm on Friday and 5am on Saturday to witness the shower called the Camelopardalids - so-called because 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, news agency WAM reported.

"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," a statement said.

The Dubai Astronomy Group event 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, the statement added.

The event will feature live presentations and videos about the night sky, plus live broadcasts with others in the international outreach community.

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

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