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Meteor shower to be visible in night sky on Monday

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By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

With clear night skies, skygazers may be able to catch sight of shooting stars from Monday (May 6) until Tuesday dawn (May 7).

Eta Aquarid meteor shower (JEFF BERKES / VIA NASA / MANILA BULLETIN)

Eta Aquarid meteor shower (JEFF BERKES / VIA NASA / MANILA BULLETIN)

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the Eta Aquarid meteor shower occurs each year as a result of the Earth’s passing close to the orbit of Halley’s comet twice a year.

It said the point from where the meteors appear to radiate is located within the constellation Aquarius or the water bearer.

PAGASA noted that the radiant of the meteor shower will virtually lie on the celestial equator and is more favorable to southern hemisphere viewers.

It said, in the northern hemisphere, about 20 or more meteors per hour at the pre-dawn sky may be seen.

A frontal weather system is currently affecting the tip of Northern Luzon.

Cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will affect Ilocos Norte, Apayao, Cagayan and Batanes.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers.

PAGASA advised the public to take extra precaution for possible flash flood or landslide during severe thunderstorms.

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