Fancy Stargazing this MECQ? There's a Meteor Shower Coming

Hope the weather cooperates.
Photo/s: NASA

Here’s something to watch out for while you’re stuck at home during the modified enhanced community quarantine: the famous Perseids meteor shower can be seen in the skies from Wednesday night to Thursday morning, the state weather bureau said. Here's hoping the weather will not obstruct the view, like it did during Comet NEOWISE.

The meteor shower can be observed at its peak in the late evening and early morning hours on Aug. 12 to 13, with at least 50 or more meteors observed during peak time, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.

According to NASA, the moon’s brightness may wash out the view of fainter meteors. However, brighter ones will still be visible. Meteor showers are best observed under the following conditions: if there is no moonlight, no light pollution, and a clear sky.

The meteor shower gets its name from the constellation Perseus, from which it radiates. It occurs annually, usually from the period of Jul. 17 to Aug. 24. 

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