A meteor shower and star formations are among the treats for Philippine skywatchers this November, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.
In its November astronomical diary, Pagasa said stargazers may expect the Leonids meteor shower, which may peak in the middle of November.
“One of the most prolific meteor showers is the Leonids. Its radiant is in the constellation Leo and meteors from this shower can be seen over a period of about two days centered on the early morning hours of November 18 in the eastern section of the sky,” it said.
But Pagasa said astronomers and experts did not predict too many meteors for 2015.
Instead of hundreds of meteors in past years, this year’s shower may have a zenithal hourly rate of about 10 meteors between the late hours of Nov. 17 until dawn of Nov. 18.
The Leonids meteor shower stems from debris left behind by comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle as it passed repeatedly through the inner solar system.
Also during November, a “W” formation of stars from the constellations of Cassiopeia, Draco, Ursa Minor, and Perseus and Camelopardalis lie in the northern horizon.
The Milky Way runs from the constellation Cygnus in the west to Gemini in the east. Parts of Pisces and Cetus are spread across the equatorial region.
Jupiter, Mars and Venus may be observed before sunrise in November.
Saturn can be observed until the second week of November and will gradually slide down in the west-southwestern horizon after sunset.
Neptune and Uranus will lie among the background stars of Aquarius and Pisces. Binoculars or a telescope and a star map may be needed to view them.