Shooting Star Spectacular - Leonids

Kielder Water and Forest Park
Kielder
Northumberland
NE48 1ER

0191 265 5510

Join us at Kielder Observatory for the famous Leonid Meteor Shower, every year the atmosphere of the earth is peppered with comet dust. We see this comet dust in our night sky as shooting stars, also known as meteors. Every 33 years a comet called 55P/Tempel-Tuttle completes one orbit around the Sun. On its journey it is directly influenced by the Sun, its solar wind and the motion of its own orbit. The Sun and the comet’s orbital momentum dislodge any loose debris on the comet’s surface and this is left behind in its wake, this is how comets get their stunning tails. That debris trail is left behind to independently orbit the sun and every year between the 17th and 18th November the Earth passes directly through the debris trail left behind by the comet. The fine grains of debris travel into the Earth’s atmosphere at over 30,000mph, this causes their surrounding area to heat up and glow sometimes bright enough to cast a shadow, you will see this in the night sky as a shooting star. Then in a fraction of a second that tiny piece of comet debris is no more, this will happen many more times between these dates and in one hour, in peak observing conditions, we could observe up to 30 shooting stars an hour. Whilst this is happening let us be your guides around the night sky and the observatory. Our passionate science team will give you a tour of the observatory and the instruments we use, also from our observatory viewing platform we will be pointing out constellations and giving you tips on how you can find incredible objects lying in our Galaxy.

Ticket Info

Type Entry for Guide price
Single
(Tickets priced from £18.15 to £46.75)
£0.00
per ticket

Ticket prices vary per event and for weekends or late events, concessions available. £18.15 - £46.75.

Various dates and times available, please visit the website for more information, booking is essential:

www.kielderobservatory.org

Dates

From To
Friday17/11/2017Friday17/11/201723:30 - 02:30
 
Saturday18/11/2017Saturday18/11/201719:45 - 22:45
 
Saturday18/11/2017Saturday18/11/201723:30 - 02:30
 

Times are approximate only, please visit the website for accurate times, up to date availability and to book: www.kielderobservatory.org

Facilities

Car parking available Online booking Event venue Open all year Guided Tours Toilet Facilities

Venue

Shooting Star Spectacular - Leonids takes place at...
Kielder Observatory, Kielder (Science and Technology)
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Shooting Star Spectacular - Leonids

Kielder Water and Forest Park
Kielder
Northumberland
NE48 1ER

0191 265 5510

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Otterstone
Kielder Lodge
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Shooting Star Spectacular - Leonids

Leonids

Overview

Join us at Kielder Observatory for the famous Leonid Meteor Shower, every year the atmosphere of the earth is peppered with comet dust. We see this comet dust in our night sky as shooting stars, also known as meteors. Every 33 years a comet called 55P/Tempel-Tuttle completes one orbit around the Sun. On its journey it is directly influenced by the Sun, its solar wind and the motion of its own orbit. The Sun and the comet’s orbital momentum dislodge any loose debris on the comet’s surface and this is left behind in its wake, this is how comets get their stunning tails. That debris trail is left behind to independently orbit the sun and every year between the 17th and 18th November the Earth passes directly through the debris trail left behind by the comet. The fine grains of debris travel into the Earth’s atmosphere at over 30,000mph, this causes their surrounding area to heat up and glow sometimes bright enough to cast a shadow, you will see this in the night sky as a shooting star. Then in a fraction of a second that tiny piece of comet debris is no more, this will happen many more times between these dates and in one hour, in peak observing conditions, we could observe up to 30 shooting stars an hour. Whilst this is happening let us be your guides around the night sky and the observatory. Our passionate science team will give you a tour of the observatory and the instruments we use, also from our observatory viewing platform we will be pointing out constellations and giving you tips on how you can find incredible objects lying in our Galaxy.

Shooting Star Spectacular - Leonids takes place at...
Kielder Observatory, Kielder (Science and Technology)

Ticketing information

Type Entry for Guide price
Single
(Tickets priced from £18.15 to £46.75)
£0.00
per ticket

Ticket prices vary per event and for weekends or late events, concessions available. £18.15 - £46.75.

Various dates and times available, please visit the website for more information, booking is essential:

www.kielderobservatory.org

Dates & times for Shooting Star Spectacular - Leonids

From To
Friday17/11/2017Friday17/11/201723:30 - 02:30
 
Friday17/11/2017Friday17/11/201719:45 - 22:45
 
Saturday18/11/2017Saturday18/11/201719:45 - 22:45
 
Saturday18/11/2017Saturday18/11/201723:30 - 02:30
 

Times are approximate only, please visit the website for accurate times, up to date availability and to book: www.kielderobservatory.org

Facilities

Car parking available Online booking Event venue Open all year Guided Tours Toilet Facilities

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