Meteor shower reaches peak on Wednesday night

Published April 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

Streaks of light will dazzle the sky this Wednesday night, as the annual Lyrids meteor shower reaches its peak, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

(NASA / MANILA BULLETIN)
(NASA / MANILA BULLETIN)

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. The meteor shower is created by bits of debris left behind by the repeated passage through the inner solar system of comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1).

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.

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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