Friday, December 13, 2013
Amateur Astronomers get out your warm jackets and witness the one of the best meteor showers of the year.
The 2013 Geminid meteor shower is expected to peak on the night of Friday, Dec. 13, and continue into Saturday morning for viewers in the Northern hemisphere. The window of peak activity runs from 1 p.m. GMT Friday (8 a.m. EST) to 10 a.m. GMT Saturday (5 a.m. EST).
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Saturday, November 2, 2013
A total solar eclipse will occur this November 3, 2013. It is a hybrid eclipse of the Sun with a magnitude of 1.0159. Total eclipse will be visible from the northern Atlantic Ocean (east of Florida) to Africa (Gabon (landfall), R. Congo, DR Congo, Uganda), with maximum of 1 minute and 39 seconds visible from the Atlantic Ocean south of Ivory Coast and Ghana. This solar eclipse will happen simultaneously with 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and it will be possible to observe a partial solar eclipse in Abu Dhabi before the sunset while the F1 race take place.
This eclipse is special because it is a hybrid eclipse (also called annular/total eclipse) shifts between a total and annular eclipse. At certain points on the surface of Earth it appears as a total eclipse, whereas at other points it appears as annular. Hybrid eclipses are comparatively rare.
In Abu Dhabi, this rare solar eclipse will last for seconds to minute only. So, for the amateur astronomers and photographers grab your cameras run into cornice side and wait till sunset. The scenery of the sunset will give a beautiful subject plus the magic of the eclipse added.
The group will be gathered near gate 1 (public beach) in cornice.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Sun-worshippers in the capital should brace themselves for partial disappointment on Sunday 3rd November, but astronomy fans will be rejoicing as a solar eclipse is due to cast its shadow across the city.
Star-gazers can expect to see this solar spectacle from 1.21pm on Sunday with the partial eclipse ending at 3.05pm. And even though this is only a partial eclipse, Andy Palado from the Abu Dhabi Astronomy Society is still excited by the event.
“For us, every sky event is amazing. Even though one third of the sun will be covered, it will still make for spectacular viewing,” said Palado.
The solar eclipse, which is the alignment of the Sun, Moon and Earth, will be an amazing spectacle, but as Palado explained, it can still be harmful to an observer’s eyes.
“Of course looking directly at the sun is going to damage your eyes. If you want to see the eclipse, we suggest using a solar glass or X-ray paper. We will be using our telescopes, which will not be focused directly on the eclipse,” said Palado.
The astronomy club will be gravitating to the Corniche beach to watch the spectacle and the society’s founder also explained that anyone planning on attending should get in touch with him.
“We will be at the beach on the 3rd November. You will see me with my telescope! Please come and say hello and feel free to ask about the society and the eclipse,” Palado added.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Saturday, August 10, 2013
One of the year's best astronomical events will light up the sky for the next few nights. it's really easy to observe. You don't need telescopes or cameras, just a deckchair, blankets and a cooling drinks to fight the warm night.
The Perseids meteor shower is expected to peak in the early time skies on both 12 and 13 August.
Perseids meteor shower will be seen in the constellation of Perseus (the hero).