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Thais urged to watch the sky for Leonid meteor shower

Nov 13. 2018
File photo: Leonids in Chiang Mai
File photo: Leonids in Chiang Mai
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By The Nation

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Stargazing Thais can stay up late on November 17 to watch a spectacular show of the Leonid meteor shower.

Suparirk Karuehanon, chief of the academic service division of the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Narit), said the celestial phenomenon could be seen after midnight of November 17 until early hours of November 18.

He said stargazers must look northeast to locate the Leonids.

But Suparirk said the bright light of the moon in the late evening could make it hard to see the meteor shower and so the stargazers may have to wait for the moon to set at 1.30 am.

He said the best time for watching the Leonid meteor shower this year could be after 2am and that about 10 to 15 meteors could be seen per hour.

The meteor shower is caused by the tail of the 55P/Tempel-Tuttle comet remaining in the earth’s orbit. Meteors could fall to earth at the speed of 71 kilometres per second.

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