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Meteor Showers

Nasa says flash reports consistent with meteor shower

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

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