Date(s) - 17/11/2017
10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Scottish Dark Sky Observatory
The Leonid meteor shower occurs annually in November, when Earth’s orbit crosses the orbit of Comet Tempel-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1865. Comet Tempel-Tuttle makes its way around the sun every 33.3 years, leaving a trail of dust rubble in its wake. When Earth’s orbit crosses this trail of debris, pieces of the comet fall toward the planet’s surface. Drag (or air resistance) in Earth’s atmosphere causes the comet’s debris to heat up and ignite into burning balls of fire called meteors.
The annual Leonid meteor shower has been responsible for some of the most intense meteor storms in history, with meteors falling at rates as high as 50,000 per hour. However, these exceptional storms happen only rarely (not since the late 1990’s when the parent comet was last at its closest orbit to the sun) – this year watchers will see from between 10 to 20 meteors per hour.
The Leonid meteor shower gets its name from the constellation Leo, from which its meteors appear to originate.
So wrap up warmly and come and join us for a meteor spotting session. We’ll also be using the telescopes to view other celestial objects (weather permitting).
Session starts at 10.00pm.
Tickets are priced at: Adults £15.00 and Concessions £10.00
- Use of the telescopes for viewing the night sky is only possible when we have clear skies.
- Events go ahead in all weather conditions except where roads are impassible due to snow.
- Visit includes introductory presentation, stargazing guide and telescope tour.
Please note, all ticket sales are non-refundable. A minimum of 48 hours notice is required (by e-mail) if you wish to reschedule your booking.
Bookings are closed for this event.