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Meteor shower visible in UAE skies tonight

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Filed on January 3, 2020 | Last updated on January 3, 2020 at 02.37 pm
meteor shower, UAE skies

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Stargazers can expect to witness the spectacular until predawn hours on Saturday.

The start of 2020 is going to be with night sky lighting up with Quadrantid meteor shower on January 3 and 4. Stargazers in the UAE can expect to witness the spectacular starting Friday until predawn hours on Saturday when the meteor shower will be at peak.

According to International Meteor Organization (IMO), the Quadrantids can shower around 50 to 100 meteors in an hour but have a narrow peak window compared to other meteor showers.

 

However, the Quadrantids are considered to be one of the best because they are fireball meteors that come from larger particles of matter. Fireball meteors are much brighter, and their light and color lasts longer than your average meteor shower, according to Inverse.com.

The IMO predicts that the shower's peak will occur around 3am EST on January 4, and only last for about four hours.

According to Dubai Astronomy Group, the best time to see it is before dawn, starting at 2 after midnight on the northeastern side.  The group will be hosting a event at Al Qudra Lake from 10pm-3am.

 

The Quadrantids will take place in the northern part of the sky and hence it will visible better from the Northern Hemisphere.


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