Say what?! Meteor shower in the Middle East?

The Quadrantid meteor shower is expected to be seen late at night between 3-4 January
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Say what?! Meteor shower in the Middle East?

Stargazers, rejoice! Grab your binoculars, a good shawl, and as many snacks as you can fit into your mini bag: the first meteor shower of 2020 is expected to be seen in the UAE this Friday night.

NASA took to Twitter to announce that an ultra-rare Quadrantid meteor shower will grace night skies around the world for four hours between 3 January and 4 January.

“The meteor shower during January is the brightest, and we will see about 40 meteors per hour. The best time to see it is before dawn, starting at 2 after midnight on the North-Eastern side,” said Ebrahim Al Jarwan, Member of the Arab Union for Space and Astronomy.

Lucky for us, a meteor-sighting event will be held by the Dubai Astronomy Group at Al Qudra Lake from 10pm to 3am. We’re packing our bags as we speak.

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