Pagasa: meteor shower
to light up sky on May 6

May 5 2016 8:23 AM

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Stargazers may want to bring out their equipment to observe a meteor shower this weekend, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.

Pagasa said the Eta Aquarid meteor shower was the first of two showers each year, when the Earth passes near the orbit of Halley’s Comet.

“[The meteor shower] is the first of the two showers that occur each year as a result of Earth’s passing close to the orbit of Halley’s comet twice a year,” Pagasa said.

It said the meteors may appear to radiate from the constellation Aquarius, and the radiant of the shower may virtually lie on the celestial equator.

Viewers from the southern hemisphere are more likely to see the phenomenon, although those in the northern hemisphere may see 20 or more meteors per hour before dawn of May 6.

“It is best to observe only a few hours before dawn,” Pagasa said.

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