‘Falling stars’ visible until Jan. 7 — Pagasa

January 3 2017 9:10 PM

Quadrantid meteor shower
Photo courtesy of Pagasa

“Falling stars” or meteor showers have been visible to the naked eye from New Year’s Day until Saturday, January 7, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa)

It is called a quadrantid meteor shower which will have its peak in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Jan. 4.

A quadrantid meteor shower is an annual astronomical event which results from the debris ejected by the comet 96P/Machholz and the minor planet 2003 EH1, Pagasa explained.

The meteors or “falling-stars” can be seen at the rate of at least 40 meteors per hour and it will hit the Earth’s atmosphere at the rate of about 40 kilometers per second.

“The shower will appear to radiate from the constellation of Boötes…The Quadrantid meteor shower hits the Earth’s atmosphere at the rate of about 40 kilometers per second,” the weather bureau said.

 

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