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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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C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) aka “Comet ATLAS” as seen from the UAE’s first private observatory

Seeing a comet with one’s own eyes is a phenomenal experience no one would want to miss in their lifetimes.

So when the C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) was discovered on December 28, 2019, astronomy experts and enthusiasts turned their heads to the cosmic spectacle and kept an eye on it since. 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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FEBRUARY 2020 AL SADEEM SKY-LENDAR: A Supermoon and more planet-Moon pairings

The Moon and some prominent planets will rule our February night sky this year, and to keep up with the love season, these celestial objects will be often seen in “pairs”!

Keep your eyes peeled for planets such as Venus and Uranus, which will be immediately visible at the western section of the sky right after sunset until 9 in the evening. Other bright planets Mars and Jupiter can be observed before dawn at 4 AM and 5 AM, respectively, until sunrise. Planets that will be no-shows for February are Mercury, Saturn, and Neptune.

The “love month” will also be peppered with prominent winter constellations and deep-sky objects like the Great Orion Nebula, the Flame and Horsehead nebulas, Andromeda Galaxy, and the brilliant open star cluster Pleiades known as the “Seven Sisters.” read more

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AL SADEEM SKYLENDAR FOR JANUARY 2020: Quadrantids, asteroids, and more!

It’s the first day of the new decade! What better way to begin the New Year than observing the night sky?

January may not be that “busy,” but it sure has some exciting treats to look forward to—meteor shower displays, some asteroids that are well placed for observation, and a quick showcasing of some of your favorite planets in the evening.

So don’t forget to bundle up when you go out for your quick dose of stargazing because January in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the coldest month of the winter season! read more

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Al Sadeem Astronomy acquires official observatory codes from international astronomical organizations

Al Sadeem Astronomy Observatory, the first private observatory in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), recently obtained its official observatory codes from two well-known astronomical societies worldwide. 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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Orionids, Conjunctions, and a Parade of Planets: Here’s what October 2019 has in store for you

The previous month has finally introduced the much-awaited autumn equinox, which means October jumpstarts the last hurrah for longer observation nights in 2019.

To begin with, this month, expect the Sun to rise between 6:14 A.M. and 6:28 A.M., and to set between 6:10 P.M.and even as early as 5:43 P.M. read more