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Lyrids meteor shower to brighten PH skies

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By ELlalyn De Vera-Ruiz

 

The annual Lyrids meteor shower will light up the night sky this weekend, state astronomers said.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the meteor shower will be best observed from the evening of April 22 to the early morning of April 23.

It will reach its peak at around 11:45 p.m. on April 22.

PAGASA said the meteor shower typically generates a dozen meteors per hour under optimal conditions with a brief maximum that lasts for less than a day.

Lyrids meteor shower has been observed for more than 2,600 years.

Based on Chinese records, “stars fell like rain” during the meteor shower of 687 B.C., but in recent times, the Lyrids have generally been weak.

The meteor, which are bright and fast, can still be viewed with the naked eye even if it is not numerous.

The said meteor shower is formed by bits of debris left behind by the repeat passages through the inner solar system of comet Thatcher.

PAGASA described a meteor shower as the large concentration of falling meteors, which is a recurring phenomenon.

Meteors are easiest to see if there is no moonlight and light pollution at all and if the sky is clear.

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