AL SADEEM ASTRONOMY OPEN-OBSERVATORY: GEMINID METEOR SHOWER

AL SADEEM ASTRONOMY OPEN-OBSERVATORY: GEMINID METEOR SHOWER

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Al  Sadeem Astronomy (ASA) Observatory will be open for the public to witness this spectacular celestial event. We are inviting you to join us on Thursday, December 14 from 8 PM onwards. We invite astronomy enthusiasts to come along with your friends and family and join us gaze up the night sky and be amazed at its beauty. Admission is free.

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ABOUT THE GEMINIDS

On the evening of December 14, the peak of the strong meteor shower known as the Geminids will take place. It is projected to bring up to about 100-120 multicolored meteors per hour under completely dark, moonless, and cloudless skies.

These meteors will seem to radiate from the constellation Gemini (the twins), hence the name was derived, but can be observed anywhere in the sky from around 10 PM all the way through the dawn of the next day. The space debris from asteroid 3200 Phaethon entering Earth are the ones responsible for this meteor shower.

The position of Geminids radiant (Graphic Courtesy of Stellarium)

Radar Imagery of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon on its Closest Approach on December 10, 2007 taken from Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico (Image Credit: Arecibo/Cornell)

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No need to use any astronomical equipment to watch this meteor shower. Just look up and wait for “shooting stars” to dazzle across the night sky. However, telescopes will be brought up for observing some star clusters and nebulae. The waning crescent moon (about 16% illumination) will ascend much later (at around 3:45AM) after the radiant, providing less moonlight interference with the meteor shower.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We will NOT be providing essential commodities like food, water, and transportation equipment so please bring your own. Also, we highly recommend wearing jackets and other warm-ups for your protection from the cold during the night. Feel free to document your Geminids experience through taking pictures with your DSLR cameras or smartphones.

For inquiries, visit our website www.alsadeemastronomy.ae, then process to the “Contact Us” section and fill up the form provided or directly e-mail us at info@alsadeemastronomy.ae. You may also message us in our social media accounts. Hope to see you! Clear skies!

Asteroid 3200 Phaethon taken by The Astronomy Club of  Sing Yin Secondary School, Hongkong using 4-inch refractor telescope last December 8, 2017 (Video Credit: Astronomy Club of Sin Yin Secondary School, Earth to Sky Calculus via Vimeo)

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References

King, B. (2017, November 29). Asteroid 3200 Phaethon: Geminid Parent at Its Closest and Brightest! Retrieved from Sky & Telescope: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/3200-phaethon/

When and Where to See the Geminids in 2017. (n.d.). Retrieved from timeanddate.com: https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/meteor-shower/geminids.html

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