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Posted On: 3 May 2020 04:27 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:22 pm

Meteor shower to illuminate Qatar sky Tuesday evening: Qatar Calendar House

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Qatar Calendar House announces the visibility of meteor shower on Sunday in Qatar skies

The Qatar Calendar House announced that the residents of the State of Qatar will be on a date with the vision and monitoring of the meteor shower of Eta Al-Delawiyat (Eta Aquarid) for this year as it will reach its climax on the evening of Tuesday 12 of Ramadan 1441 AH, corresponding to May 5, 2020 AD, and will extend until dawn on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.

Dr. Bashir Marzouk (the expert astronomer at the Qatar Calendar House) stated that the meteor shower of Eta Al-Dlawiyat (Eta Aquarid) is a distinctive meteor shower, because the rate of falling in the sky at its peak reaches 50 meteors per hour according to the estimate of astronomers who specialize in meteor monitoring, while meteors are active / Eta Al-Dalwiyat / annually during the period from April 19 to May 28 of each year, but it reaches its climax between the fifth and sixth of May of each year.

What distinguishes meteor showers are that their monitoring needs only a place far from environmental and light pollution, and therefore the residents of the State of Qatar will be able to monitor and see the meteor shower Eta Al-Dlawiat (Eta Aquarid) without the need for astronomical devices or telescopes, as they can see and monitor it with the naked eye from Tuesday evening, until the dawn of Wednesday, by looking towards the southeastern horizon of the sky of the State of Qatar from midnight until the dawn of Wednesday, and modern digital cameras can be used to obtain pictures of them, taking into account the increase in exposure time during filming to obtain distinctive photos of the Eta Al-Dlawiyat (Eta Aquarid).

Dr. Bashir Marzouq added that the famous comet Halley is the source of the meteor shower Eta Al-Delawiyyat (Eta Aquarid), when the earth moves in its orbit around the sun and passes near the granules of dust left behind by the comet during the month of May of each year so that these grains intersect with the Earth’s atmosphere. And flashes are seen in the sky of the globe knowing that the phenomenon of meteors, in general, occurs as a result of the passage of the Earth near the fine residues and dust grains left by the particles of comets.

It is noteworthy that the famous comet Halley visits the Earth every 76 years (that is, it can be observed from the surface of the Earth every 76 years), the last of which was 1986 AD, while its next visit to the Earth will be in 2062.

It should be borne in mind that the best places to see meteor showers are the darkest places, which are the places away from residential areas that contain light and environmental pollutants that may hinder the meteor's vision, while the best times to see them are from midnight until dawn the next day.

Source: Qatar News Agency