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.

Monday, 9 November, 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

Stargazers in a jam after meteor show

Hundreds of stargazers turned out early yesterday to see dozens of meteors shoot across the night sky in a climax to the Leonid meteor shower.

Police said there were traffic jams in Sai Kung and Tseung Kwan O and long queues at bus stops afterwards.

The meteors made for a spectacular light show which peaked between 1am and 2am.

20 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

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

Territory set for light show as meteors descend

JUNK from outer space is to come raining down tomorrow, giving Hong Kong its best light show for many years.

Thousands of bits of debris left by a passing comet will be burned up in the atmosphere as the Earth moves through the heavenly rubbish. Single meteors, or shooting stars, are fairly common, but it is rare to have so many hitting the atmosphere at once or for so long.

11 Aug 1993 - 12:00am