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Meteor shower expected on Aug 12-13

Filipinos will see a heavenly spectacle as the annual Perseids meteor shower, one of the most prominent astronomical events of the year, reaches its peak on August 12-13.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said August is one of the most popular times of the year to observe meteor showers.

If the sky permits, Perseids meteor shower will be observed with its peak in the late evening and early morning hours from August 12 to 13 with about 30 bright and swift-moving meteors observed per hour, according to PAGASA Acting Administrator Dr. Vicente Malano.

This year, however, the bright moon will cast an interfering glare across the nights of maximum activity, reducing visibility from 120 meteors per hour, with the typical Perseid peak rate, to less than 30, he explained.

“Instead, early August might be the best time to watch as Earth plunges deeper into the debris stream before the Moon becomes full,” he added.

Malano said meteors are easiest to see if there is no moonlight and light pollution at all and if the sky is clear.

The Perseids meteor shower radiates from the constellation Perseus, which is located in the eastern horizon this month.

Based on the PAGASA’s five-day weather forecast, the entire country will experience partly cloudy to at times cloudy skies with rain showers or thunderstorms.