Draconid Meteor Shower Normally meteor showers can be seen in the early morning sky, but Draconid meteor shower is different from others. We can see it in the evening sky. In this instance, 10 meteors per hour get released near the star constellation Draco and these can appear anywhere in the sky. It can be seen in its extreme intensity on 6th October. Geminds Meteor ShowerThis meteor shower consists of very attractive, different colors. This is the best meteor shower which can be seen this year. The specialty of this meteor shower is that one meteor slowly spreads through the sky. This meteor shower occurs due to the remaining particles of an asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon and spreads near star constellation Gemini. Around 120 meteors occur per hour and can be seen in extreme intensity on 13th December night and 14th December morning.Ursids Meteor Shower Several meteor showers are to be visible from Sri Lanka this month, the Ministry of Science Technology and Research said today.The Ministry said that the Draconid, Orionids Orion, Taurids Tours, Leonids Leo, Urside and Geminids Gemini will be visible over the next several weeks. Orionids Meteor ShowerThis shower occurs due to the particles remaining from the comet Halley. In this occurrence, around 20 meteors per hour get released near the star constellation Orion and they can be noticed anywhere in the sky. It can be observed in its peak on 21st and 22nd October. Taurids Meteor ShowerThis meteor shower is also a little bit unusual. It is observed as two separate light steams. One light beam occurs due to asteroid 2004 TG10 and the other occurs due to the remaining of the comet 2P Encke. Furthermore, 5 to 10 meteors are released per hour. Although this meteor shower occurs near Tours star constellation, it can be seen anywhere in the sky. On 4th November it can be observed in maximum intensity.Leonids Meteor Shower This meteor shower occurs due to the dust particles and grains left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle. Normally 15 meteors can be observed per hour. This meteor shower occurring near star constellation Leo, activates once in 33 years emitting 100 meteors per hour since comet Temple-Tuttle comes near the earth once in 33 years. This happened in 2001 and will occur once again in the year 2034. This meteor shower can be seen in this year, its peak on 17th and 18th November in the morning sky. This is a minor meteor shower consisting of a small number of meteors, 5 to 10 meteors are released per hour. This occurs due to the remaining dust particles from comet Tuttle. It occurs near the star constellation Ursa Minor and can be observed in maximum intensity on 21st and 22nd December.
The announcement came as the Secretary-General touched down in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the start of a joint trip uniting the capacities of the United Nations, World Bank, European Union, Islamic Development Bank, and African Development Bank and targeting a swathe of countries in the Horn of Africa, spanning Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda. “The countries of the Horn of Africa are making important yet unheralded progress in economic growth and political stability. Now is a crucial moment to support those efforts, end the cycles of conflict and poverty, and move from fragility to sustainability,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared in a press release. Mr. Ban added that the UN was leading the international delegation “to ensure a coherent and coordinated approach towards peace, security and development in the Horn of Africa.” The Horn of Africa is not only a vastly diverse region but also boasts some of the fastest growing economies and “huge untapped natural resources,” the UN said, noting that there were also a number of contradictions in the region, including “many extraordinarily poor people,” widespread unemployment among growing numbers of young people, and “huge obstacles” facing women. In addition, many countries in the region are vulnerable to piracy, corruption and drug trafficking, or subjected to flare-ups in violence at the hands of militant and terrorist groups. From a humanitarian perspective, some of the countries also find themselves in a precarious situation. A recent UN humanitarian report on Somalia, for instance, indicated that more than three million people in the country are now in need of assistance – up 20 per cent compared to six months ago. However, according to a new World Bank study, significant change is already projected for the region as Kenya, Uganda and possibly Somalia and Ethiopia gear up for oil production. To that point, the financing pledges will serve to bolster regional development amid an already dynamic and shifting economic landscape. “This new financing represents a major new opportunity for the people of the Horn of Africa to make sure they get access to clean water, nutritious food, health care, education, and jobs,” said World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, as he pledged his Group’s $1.8 billion for regional cross-border activities aimed at boosting overall economic development. The World Bank’s financial input will be joined by the European Union’s pledge of $3.7 billion until 2020, the African Development Bank’s pledge of $1.8 billion over the next three years, and the Islamic Development Bank’s $1 billion to be targeted at its four member countries in the Horn of Africa – Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda. “There is greater opportunity now for the Horn of Africa to break free from its cycles of drought, food insecurity, water insecurity, and conflict by building up regional security, generating a peace dividend, especially among young women and men, and spurring more cross-border cooperation,” the World Bank President said. This is the third African trip in the span of 18 months for both the Secretary-General and World Bank President. In 2013, the two travelled to the Great Lakes and Sahel regions to promote peace and development and pledge $2.7 billion for regional programs aimed at improving health, education, nutrition, access to energy and job training. read more