Quadrantids meteor shower to illuminate UAE sky on January 4

The UAE is gearing up for a celestial event as the Quadrantids meteor shower, the first of 2024, reaches its peak on January 4. Named after the obsolete constellation Quadrans Muralis, this annual meteor shower is known for its brief but intense bursts of activity. Originating from the asteroid 2003 EH1, the Quadrantids are expected to produce over 60 meteors per hour at their peak, providing a mesmerizing display of shooting stars and fireballs.

Considered one of the best annual meteor showers by NASA, the Quadrantids are famous for their bright fireball meteors, creating extended explosions of light and color in the night sky. Stargazers are encouraged to find a dark spot away from city lights, with the peak offering a limited window of opportunity that requires precise timing.

For those eager to witness this natural spectacle, the Dubai Astronomy Group (DAG) is organizing a viewing event in Dubai’s Al Qudra Desert from 11 pm to 4 am, with tickets priced between Dh80-140. No special equipment is needed, and enthusiasts can simply lie back and enjoy the breathtaking display of celestial fireworks.

This event follows previous successful stargazing ventures in the UAE, including the Geminids meteor shower in December, where events by the Mleiha Archaeological Centre and DAG drew hundreds of spectators to witness the luminous trails created by space rocks burning up in the atmosphere.

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