Meteor Showers

Nasa says flash reports consistent with meteor shower

 A general view of a the Perseid meteor shower in the Eifel region, Germany in 2012. Photo: EPA

Social media sites are buzzing with reports of a flash of light that streaked across the sky along the US East Coast.

Saturday, 23 March, 2013, 6:45pm

Bright lights from space

The Leonids, an annual meteor shower, are predicted to peak tomorrow night and early Wednesday morning, providing a treat for astronomy buffs.

In a meteor shower, large numbers of 'flying stars' hit the Earth's atmosphere. These meteors are the debris of comets that circle the solar system. When one of them comes close enough to earth, a meteor shower occurs.

16 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Meteor showers

Sparkling sky

Sometimes when you stare into the night sky in the countryside, you may see a trail of light. It will travel quickly through the darkness and then disappear. This is called a meteor.

16 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Stargazers prepare for shower of shooting stars as Leonid meteors make another visit

For those who missed the spectacular shower of shooting stars in 2001, another chance is coming up: the Leonid meteors are returning this month in their strongest form since eight years ago.

Nasa scientists predict as many as 500 meteors will streak across the sky in the hour before dawn on Wednesday next week. The best time will be about 5.40am, just before sunrise.

9 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Stargazers eye heavens for meteor shower spectacular

Astronomy buffs ... it's time for your annual shower.

For about a week from Friday, stargazers in eastern Asia will be able to watch up to 30 meteors an hour during peak periods of this year's Leonid meteor shower.

12 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Full moon set to dim spectacle

Although next year's Leonid shower will also feature thousands of shooting stars, most of them will be blocked out by a full moon, astronomers say. They also predicted that the shower in 2034 would not match its spectacular predecessor. Those who missed this year's shower may have to wait 66 years for a similarly spectacular event.

22 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

SAR skywatchers showered with dazzling meteor display

Did you see it? This was the question on everybody's lips on Monday, a few hours after the Leonid meteor shower had lit up the Hong Kong night sky.

22 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Seeing stars

AS CITY-DWELLERS, some of us may have never seen a shooting star. The concrete jungle only leaves a small patch of the night sky visible when we look out of the window.

However, this weekend's Leonid meteor shower may offer a good opportunity to wish upon a star. Eric Ng Wai-kin, a member of the Hong Kong Astronomy Society, gives us some tips on the best way to see the shower.

16 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Meteoric marvel on the way

Stargazers are expected to come out in their droves this weekend to watch thousands of meteors blaze across the sky.

After missing the climax of last year's Leonid meteor shower, Hong Kong will this time be among the premier locations to watch one of nature's most spectacular shows, an Observatory spokesman said.

13 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Meteor buses

Special night bus services will run for stargazers travelling to Shek O, Stanley and the Peak to catch a glimpse of Leonid meteor shower tonight.

17 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Sky show 'best for years'

SKY-WATCHERS could tonight be treated to a spectacular light show as the Leonid meteor shower begins over Hong Kong.

The week-long phenomenon looks like hundreds of shooting stars crossing the night sky each hour.

14 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Stars and hype

Stars appear to streak across the sky in this time-lapse photograph taken over the Great Wall during yesterday's Leonid meteor shower. The much-hyped phenomenon failed to produce the expected blitz of shooting stars leaving astronomers around the region, and particularly in China, out in the cold.

19 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Tens of thousands turn out to watch meteors

Tens of thousands of stargazers turned out last night to catch a glimpse of the Leonid meteor shower.

Despite cloudy skies, public transport to good viewing points such as Sai Kung and the southside of Hong Kong Island was packed.

18 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Vantage points for light show

Viewers in East Asia will have ringside seats for the Leonid storm. In Hong Kong, the climax is expected to be between about 1am and 4am on Wednesday. You need a clear view of the east, where Leo will rise, though meteors will be visible all over the sky. The darker the sky, the better the show, so views from the islands will be better than from the city.

16 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Meteor debris

A METEOR shower will be visible tonight and tomorrow night - weather permitting - as the Earth passes through the debris left by comet Swift-Tuttle in its orbit around the sun. The debris should produce a visible stream a second or two long about once every five minutes, in the northeast from 11 pm to about 6 am.

12 Aug 1994 - 12:00am