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How to catch the 2014 Leonids meteor shower in Qatar

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The annual Leonids Meteor Shower will conclude tonight, and is expected to give Qatar residents who look to the sky a beautiful show.

The meteor shower occurs every November, when Earth passes through a particular point in its orbit.

According to Wired magazine, the shower once produced 100,000 meteors an hour. But this year, the prediction is that there would be about 10 to 15 meteors each hour.

On Facebook, the Qatar Astronomy Club has said that conditions are ideal here for a proper look:

“Here’s another chance to wish upon a shooting star: the 2014 Leonid Meteor Shower will peak overnight between Nov. 17 and 18, filling the sky with at least a sprinkling of meteors. And since the moon will be a waning crescent, the sky should be dark enough for a decent viewing.”

Though the peak was last night, club co-founder Jassim Lari told Doha News that residents can still view the shower from 11pm and 5am tonight – though there will likely only be five to seven meteors an hour.

The club added that the best places to view the shower would be Al Wakrah Beach, Fuwairat Beach, Sealine, Al Wakair and Al Karrarah.

For those who want to watch from home, NASA is broadcasting a live stream here through the rest of the day.

It recommended that those who want to see the show in person go somewhere away from light pollution, lie flat on their backs and look at the night sky. No special equipment is needed.

Do you plan to check out the shower? Thoughts?

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Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
6 years ago

Lol

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago

???

InternetQatar.com
6 years ago

We traveled to end of Doha, Fuwairit (Shamal) last year but heavily disappointed as there were no meteor shower can be seen.

Is there any other area best for it?

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago

We did the same out to Zikreet. Same result.

xhalflife
xhalflife
6 years ago

witness the leonids meteor shower peaks with jupiter alongside to watch for when fireballs and bolides joins the show.. tinyurl.com/LeonidsMeteorShower2014Live

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