Director of Astronomy and Space Science at the Scientific Club Bader Hamoud Al- Omairah disclosed that the country this week will witness several astronomical phenomena such as latency stars hiding behind the moon (Al-Debran), the process of observing full moon (Al- Bader), and the meteor showers (Altoomyat).
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Al-Omairah declared that Al-Debran will hide behind the Constellation Taurus at exactly 8:09 am on Tuesday. He described Al-Debran as a glossy red star called Alpha Bull, which is 65 light years from the earth equaling to around 616 trillion kilometers — 80 times larger than the sun, although its temperature does not exceed 3000 degrees centigrade. He stressed it’s the brightest star in the Constellation Taurus.
He also said the moon on Wednesday will enter the phase of becoming full moon and completion, noting this full moon is the super type because it will move closer while rotating in its orbit around the Earth’s distance of approximately 353 thousand kilometers.
He said the country will have a date with other meteor showers this year, namely, Altoomyat from Tuesday evening until early Wednesday. It’s called Altoomyat because it resembles the Twin Tower, he explained. According to Al-Omairah, Altoomyat is among the relatively slow meteors that leave a smoke trail extending a few seconds before its disappearance.
He pointed out that the meteors are active from Dec 4-17 each year, and reaches its peak on the evening of 13th and the morning of 14th of the same month. The intensity of meteor shower is up to 120 average hourly flare. Thus presence of the full moon will make it difficult to be seen, he reiterated.
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