5 Ideal spots to watch the Leonid meteor shower in Jordan


Published: 2017-11-16 11:45

Last Updated: 2017-11-16 13:00

Don't miss the spectacular meteor shower happening this weekend. (American Meteor Society)
Don't miss the spectacular meteor shower happening this weekend. (American Meteor Society)
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Make sure you stay up late this weekend, or else you’ll kick yourself for missing the annual Leonid meteor shower.

This weekend - 17-18 November - promises a grand sky show adorned by gorgeous shooting stars.

But where are the best places in Jordan to spot at least 30-40 meteors per hour?

1. Your rooftop (or any rooftop)

Obvious as it may sound, your rooftop or any rooftop will make a good sighting spot for the meteor shower.

2. The Amman Citadel

Not only is this historical site romantic at night, but it’s located on top of a mountain, bringing you “closer” to the sky, and away from the distracting lights of the city.

3. Wadi Rum

In the beautiful pink desert of Wadi Rum, it’ll be just you and the intense darkness: an ideal location for maximum visibility.

4. Mount Nebo

Another mountain spot, except it is a religious site located in Madaba. For those religious ones, you can wonder about God’s greatness while taking in the beauty of his creations: the meteors.

5. Qasr al Hallabat

Located deep in Jordan’s eastern desert, the castle is located in a remote area, so you can enjoy the silence while indulging in the spectacular shower.


The sky show is expected to begin around 12 midnight on both nights, and will peak during predawn hours, when the Leo constellation rises to its highest point in the sky.

Viewing conditions will be ideal as the moon will have entered its new phase that night, which means “its darkened face won’t add any glare that can otherwise drown out fainter meteors,” according to National Geographic.