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METEORSMesosphere-Thermosphere Emissions for Ozone Remote Sensing (NASA)
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Certainly, if the meteor kindled up the sky, and disclosed the earth, with an awfulness that admonished Hester Prynne and the clergyman of the day of judgment, then might Roger Chillingworth have passed with them for the arch-fiend, standing there with a smile and scowl, to claim his own.
It is believed the meteors are created from dust left behind by an asteroid called 2003 EH1, which has now shed all of its ice and other debris and is just a big lump of solid rock.
They can see and monitor meteors with the naked eye, looking at the northeastern horizon of Qatar's sky just before midnight.
The meteor shower will have at most, 10 meteors an hour, so it won't be the most spectacular show, but will still offer a chance to see some shooting stars.
The meteors or 'shooting stars' are the result of small particles, in some cases as small as a grain of sand, entering the Earth's upper atmosphere at some 130,000mph and lighting up the night as fastmoving streaks of light.
When these meteoroids encounter Earth's atmosphere at tremendously high speeds - up to well over 100,000mph - they burn up from the friction and produce the brief streaks of light we call meteors.
The world and the sultanate's skies will witness Geminid meteor showers on Wednesday and Thursday.
Dubai: Astronomy fans can look forward to this weekend's spectacular meteor shower, as organisers assure that at its peak, as many as 120 meteors per hour will stream across the sky.
Ibrahim bin Mohammed Al Mahrouqi, a member of the Oman Astronomical Society said "Meteor showers fall as they are launched from Gemini constellation active during the current period where these meteors are one of the best meteors.
The UK Meteor Network reported more than 100 sightings of the meteors across the UK.
According to the PAGASA astronomical diary for January, the Quadrantid's peak activity this year is in the early morning hours of January 4 when meteors or 'falling stars' can be seen at a rate of at least 40 per hour.