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December 2019 Sky Events: Annular solar eclipse, second round of Constellation Night, meteor showers and more!

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is set to witness another rare celestial event on December 26—the Annular Solar Eclipse of 2019.

An annular solar eclipse happens when the Moon covers the Sun’s center, but only enough to leave the Sun’s outer edges visible, creating a kind of “ring of fire” or annulus around the Earth’s natural satellite.

The eclipse will begin at 7 A.M. until 9 A.M. here in the UAE, with the annularity or “the ring,” to be seen at the southernmost parts of the UAE, such as in Liwa, Mezaira, and Hameem, as well as in the western areas, too, like Ruwais in Abu Dhabi. The rest of the emirates will only be able to see 60 percent of the eclipse. read more

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Geminids Wowed Skywatchers at Al Sadeem Observatory

More than 300 visitors gathered at the Al Sadeem Observatory in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi last Thursday, December 13, to witness the peak of this year’s best meteor shower.

The Geminid meteor shower is a much-awaited yearly event for astronomy enthusiasts, because it boasts an average of 40 meteors per hour—the highest rate for any perennial meteor shower. read more

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WHAT’S UP IN THE SKY THIS DECEMBER 2018?

This wonderful year 2018 is about to end soon as nights becoming longer and colder further. With the upcoming holidays, there will be more time to spend chilling out and have bonding moments with family and friends. Wondering what’s going to be up at the sky for the final month of 2018? The following is a list of astronomical events for December 2018. All dates and times were given in UAE Local Time.

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GEMINIDS 2017 OPEN-HOUSE PUBLIC OBSERVATION

On the evening of December 14, Al Sadeem Observatory was filled with astronomy enthusiasts who came to witness the most-awaited annual meteor shower in Al Sadeem Astronomy’s (ASA) open-house public observation of the Geminid Meteor Shower. Several astronomy enthusiasts spend their time gazing up the stars and did their respective camping get-togethers. read more

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AL SADEEM ASTRONOMY OPEN-OBSERVATORY: GEMINID METEOR SHOWER

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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WHAT’S UP IN THE SKY THIS DECEMBER 2017?

This wonderful year 2017 is about to end soon as nights becoming longer and colder further. With the upcoming holidays, there will be more time to spend chilling out and have bonding moments with family and friends. Wondering what’s going to be up in the sky for the final month of 2017? The following is a list of astronomical events for December 2017. All dates and times were given in UAE Local Time. read more