Date(s) - 17/11/2019
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Scottish Dark Sky Observatory
Join us at the SDSO tonight as we look to the skies to spot meteors.
Meteors in an annual shower are named for the point in our skies from which they appear to radiate. This shower is called ‘Leonids’ because its radiant (the point in the sky from which the meteors seem to appear) lies in the constellation Leo.
The Leonids occur when the Earth crosses the orbit of and passes through debris left by Comet Tempel-Tuttle. When this cometary debris enters Earth’s atmosphere is vaporises and appears to us as meteors.
Comet Tempel-Tuttle takes somewhere in the region of 33 years to make one orbit around the Sun.
Around 20 meteors per hour are predicted for this year’s Leonids – but seeing just one bright meteor can still make your night.
As ever, meteor viewing will be weather dependent.
Session starts at 9.30pm
Tickets are priced at:
Seniors (aged 65+) and Student (with valid ID) £12.00
- Use of the telescopes for viewing the night sky is only possible when we have clear skies.
- Publicised events go ahead in all weather conditions, except where roads are impassible due to snow.
- Visit includes introductory presentation, guided stargazing (weather permitting) and telescope tour.
Please note – all ticket sales are non-refundable.
A minimum of 7 days notice is required (by e-mail) if you wish to reschedule your booking.
Bookings are closed for this event.