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JULY 2020 SKY EVENTS: A Display of Planets and a Meteor Shower

July nights may be hotter and more humid now, but this shouldn’t spoil what the vast cosmos has in store for everyone.

Yes, days will be longer still—with the Sun rising between 5:37 AM and 5:50 AM and setting between 7:06 PM to as late as 7:15 PM, but the sixth month of the year is actually a good time to observe(with the help of telescopes) a number of deep-sky objects, such as star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies—namely the Lagoon Nebula, Trifid Nebula, Rho Ophiuchi molecular complex, and the Milky Way Galaxy. read more

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THE SKY EVENTS YOU HAVE TO SEE IN JUNE 2020

Assalam alaikum, everyone! The last couple of months have been pretty uneventful astronomy-wise, but that drought is about to end as the month of June ushers in a fiery calendar of a busy night sky, beginning with—not just one but two—eclipses, a solstice, and more galaxies and planets to hunt!

So don’t worry if the nights are now shorter, with sunrises occurring between 5:33 AM and 5:37 AM, and sunsets at 7:07 PM until 7:15 PM—and days hotter. This month is sure to be bustling with a number of sky treats to see.

The planets will pop out in the sky earlier at night. Mercury can be seen in the west-northwestern portion of the sky after sunset; Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and Neptune will be seen in the late evening hours (11 PM, 12 AM, 2 AM, and 3 AM, respectively). The only planets that won’t make an appearance would be Venus and Uranus.

And did we mention that the Milky Way will be very prominent in the night sky this June? A few nebulae, too, such as the Eagle Nebula, and a slew of galaxies, like the cluster in Virgo constellation. Just make sure your place is really dark (and observing the necessary precautions against the coronavirus) when you go out and spend your time into the night.

Check out the list below to learn more about the astronomical activities happening this month: read more

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May 2020 Sky Events: Watch a meteor shower, hunt your favorite galaxy or nebula, and more!

Hotter days have already descended here in the desert as Ramadan 2020 begins, which also means having longer days and shorter nights.

For one, the sunrise now happens between 5:33 AM and 5:47 AM, while the sunsets between 6:52 PM and as late as 7:06 PM. That’s pretty long, right? But don’t let this dampen your spirits in experiencing the night sky’s jaw-dropping treats.

Star parties, open houses, and public viewings are still not possible, but while everyone’s at home practicing social distancing—and we hope that observing the sky is possible in your area—here’s a quick rundown of all things Astro that you would not want to miss this May. read more

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APRIL 2020 SKY-LENDAR OF EVENTS: Lyrids, Supermoon, and more planet pairings

The month of April is still rich with cosmic eye candies. So while everyone stays at the comfort of their homes to help alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re here to give you a heads up on when to look up the sky. Most of these can be seen from your windows or backyard (inshallah). read more

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MARCH 2020 AL SADEEM SKY-LENDAR: Period of galaxy hunting begins; Spring equinox signals change of season

March is one of the most exhilarating parts of the year when the night sky goes in “full bloom”—amateur astronomers and experienced stargazers enjoy a feast of Messier objects and a slew of planets around the Moon spicing up the United Arab Emirates’ cool spring nights. read more

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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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Mercury Transit, Leonid Meteor Shower, Hudayriat Island’s “Constellation Night”, and more this November 2019

There is a MAJOR astronomical event happening this November and it won’t happen again until 13 years later—the Mercury transit.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is fortunate to witness this rare treat right before sunset when the smallest planet of the Solar System skirts across the Sun as seen from here on our planet.

But since this transit will take place late in the afternoon, we’ll only be able to witness its initial stages. And that’s from 4:36 P.M. until 5:35 P.M.

If you wish to catch this rare phenomenon, we strongly advise you to use protective equipment like filtered solar telescopes or solar glasses during observation to avoid eye damage. read more

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September signals longer nights with autumnal equinox, offers favorite sky treats

The month of September ushers in the much-awaited change of season—from the searing summer days to a tad drop of temperature that will lead up to the mildly cold autumn season. read more

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August to showcase Perseid meteor shower, “Black Moon” and more

One of the most-awaited meteor showers of the year is gracing the night sky this August—the Perseids.

This meteor shower is a crowd favorite because it offers its audience the brightest streaks of meteors or “shooting stars” in the sky.

Here in the Emirates, the Perseids’ peak will be on August 13, a Tuesday. This means this shower could bring an average of 50 meteors in the night sky per hour, under completely dark, moonless, and cloudless skies.

The meteor shower got its name from its “radiant,” or the point where the meteors seem to originate, which is the constellation of Perseus and this is albeit close by the famous Double Cluster. read more

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Partial lunar eclipse and other cosmic displays to grace the July night sky

We may not be able to see the solar eclipse on July 2 in this part of the world, but heads up, sky watchers—there’s a lunar eclipse coming our way this month. read more