Meteor shower to peak between October 21 and 22-A A +A
Sunday, October 20, 2013
MANILA -- Prepare your mats, telescopes -- and wish list -- as our skies will be graced by a meteor shower, peaking during the evenings of October 21 to 22.
During October, a meteor shower occurs due to the passing of the Earth near the rubbles of Halley's comet. As the name implies, Orionids originate from the constellation Orion, famous for its three-star belt named Tres Marias.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that the meteor shower will be active from October 17 to 25.
"At maximum rates, the shower may reach 15 meteors per hour that may be observed at favorable sky condition, but sometimes there are lulls," said Pagasa in a statement.
Pagasa also noted, "(A) waning bright moon in the sky during the morning hours will wash out fainter meteors and diminishes the impact of brighter meteors. The radiant of the shower, will be observed north of Betelgeuse, the brightest star in the constellation Orion, the Mighty Hunter." (SFP/Sunnex)