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Make a wish as meteor shower graces the night sky

By VIANCA GAMBOA

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If you spend every night trying to catch shooting stars by the northern beach in Animal Crossing to craft your own wand (I’m guilty of this), you may want to drop the Nintendo Switch for a while so you can see this live celestial spectacle. All eyes are set on the potential glazing night sky as the Lyrids meteor shower peaks tomorrow evening, April 22 from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. of the 23rd.

Named after constellation Lyra, Lyrids’ fireballs are scorched fragments of dust and debris left out by Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, which takes about 415 years to orbit around the Sun. This comet is expected to be visible from Earth again in 2276.

According to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), “the shower typically generates a dozen meteors per hour under optimal conditions with a brief maximum that lasts for less than a day.” Known to be “bright and fast,” Lyrids used to fall like rain during its early observation at 687 B.C. but has grown generally weaker over time. With observations that trace way back 2,600 years ago, it is one of the oldest recorded meteor showers in history.

Note that meteor showers, constellations, and galaxies appear faintly visible in the city due to a lot of glowing factors that coincide with its brightness, including city lights, pollution, cloud cover, and darkness of the moon, according to the Griffith Observatory. One has to trek through the wilderness, a secluded spot, or a mountain’s peak from midnight to predawn and play the waiting game to get the perfect view. But, either the moon wanes or waxes, your eyes just need to follow the radiant—a speck of light glimmers out there.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://lifestyle.mb.com.ph/2020/04/21/make-a-wish-as-meteor-shower-graces-the-night-sky/)

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