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Leonid Meteor Shower on Monday

admin November 16th, 2007

There will be a meteor shower in the early morning hours of November 19. The Leonid meteor shower named after the constellation Leo will be seen as bright shooting stars in maximum number in the north-east sky.

Experts have predicted that as many as 15 to 20 meteors could be seen per hour. “But meteor showers are notorious for defying predictions,” said Suresh Bhattarai of the Nepal Astronomical Society (NASo).

“It could either be 30 to 40 or less than ten in number,” he said. Leonids are annual and they are seen in mid-November, but the number of meteors vary every year.

A meteor shower is the result of an interaction between earth and Comets that are like ‘dirty snowballs’ made up of ice and rock, orbiting the sun. Each time a comet swings by sun in its orbit, some of its ice melts and it sheds a large amount of debris. As the debris streams from the comet, it forms the comet’s visible tail. Meteor shower is seen if the earth travels parallel to this stream.

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Tihar

admin November 9th, 2007

Tihar, DipawaliTihar - November 7-11, 2007
Tihar, the festival of lights is one of the most dazzling of all Hindu festivals. In this festival we worship Goddess Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth. During the festival all the houses in the city and villages are decorated with lit oil lamps. Thus during the night the entire village or city looks like a sparkling diamond. This festival is celebrated in five days starting from the thirteenth day of the waning moon in October. We also refer to tihar as ‘Panchak Yama’ which literally means ‘the five days of the underworld lord’. We also worship ‘yamaraj’ in different forms in these five days. In other words this festival is meant for life and prosperity.

Goddess Laxmi is the wife of almighty Lord Vishnu. She was formed from the ocean and she has all the wealth of the seas. She sits on a full-grown lotus and her steed is the owl. On the third day of the festival at the stroke of midnight she makes a world tour on her owl looking how she is worshipped.

There is a story, which tells why this revelry Continue Reading »


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