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A meteor shower is expected to grace the city’s skyline on Friday evening and can be viewed at a public event held at the Bab Al Shams hotel and Spa

May 19, 2014 5:53 by



By Hossam Abougabal

A meteor shower is expected to grace the city’s skyline on Friday evening and can be viewed at a public event held at the Bab Al Shams hotel and Spa.

According to the Dubai Astronomy Association, the shower is a result of Earth crossing the path of the debris trail from Comet 209P/Linear, discovered in 2004.

In partnership with the Dubai Astronomy Association, Bab Al Shams hotel is hosting an event at its garden café. Kipp spoke with the reservation manager at the hotel who claims that they are expecting a great turnout at its outdoor area. Jackie also told us that each beanbag area would have a private telescope for guests to view the stars.

The hotel adds that the event would be complemented by videos and presentations to explain the astronomical event that is expected to light up the desert sky.

The shower is expected to burst bright multiple meteors with an excess of 1,000 shooting stars an hour during any one-peak shower.

Astronomy has forever played an important role in the Bedouin history of the UAE, and such events could re-spark the interest in the younger generations.

Kipp speaks with Keith Cobby, General Manager of the Dubai Astronomy Association who shares this excitement of involving children and younger people in what he describes as ‘potentially a once in a lifetime opportunity”.

Cobby tells Kipp that children already posses a natural interest in astronomy: “We find that children enjoy the practical part of looking through telescopes at the stars, and when we provide them with the historical context and tell them astronomy all started in Arabia they are surprised,” he says.

“More effort is being put into this event, and we are expecting 500 plus visitors. We are sure that if we are lucky enough to see a strong shower, it will be a once in a lifetime opportunity,” says Cobby.

Cobby also warns that if you can’t make it down to the event, but still want to see the meteors, you should “get away from the lights of the city, get on a roof or in a garden to make sure you can see the stars.”

*The event held will be from 9pm to 3am at the Bab Al Shams Hotel and Spa.

 



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