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ASA OPEN HOUSE OBSERVATION: GEMINIDS METEOR SHOWER 2018
December 13, 2018 @ 10:00 pm - December 14, 2018 @ 3:00 amFREE
The most-awaited meteor shower for the winter season is about to come, the Geminid meteor shower. It occurs from December 4 – December 17, in which it peaks on the late evening hours of December 13 until dawn of December 14 wherein up to 50 or more meteors (observatory-based) can be seen per hour, under completely dark, clear and moonless skies. The meteor shower is associated with the trail of space debris from asteroid 3200 Phaethon in which it enters Earth and burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere, creating these brief dazzling streaks of light, or “shooting stars”. The term Geminids was derived from which constellation, Gemini (the twins) in this case, the meteors will seem to radiate, known as the radiant (see figure below).
Al Sadeem Astronomy (ASA) Observatory will be hosting an open house observation of the Geminids on its peak night, particularly from 10 PM December 13, 2018 until 3 AM of December 14, 2018. A brief discussion about the Geminids before the observation proper and telescope viewing of Mars, some bright stars and deep-sky objects will be conducted.
Admission is FREE. NO NEED to e-mail us or RSVP for booking inquiry. Just come straight to the observatory and join us have fun and learn about this celestial event.
Note that it will be cold at night time outside so we highly recommend wear winter clothing. Please bring your own picnic chairs, mats/tents, snacks, and water for comfort during long hours of observation.
See you all soon! Clear skies!