Make a Wish: Meteor Showers to Light Up the Night Sky Starting Tonight

As long as sky conditions are "favorable," says PAGASA.

( We know you spend a lot of time just hoping and wishing for a lot of things—traffic to finally die down, your crush to text you back, work-life balance—and you're definitely pushing to make any of those things happen. But just in case you need a little bit of luck, ready your wishes cause a meteor shower is coming our way. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration has announced that shooting stars are expected to light up the skies from October 17 to 25, with a peak on the 21st to the 22nd. 

A projected view of the night sky from Quezon City during the shower's peak.

These shooting stars are part of the annual Orionids meteor shower, and are essentially debris left behind by Halley's Comet. With a "favorable sky condition," you may get to catch around 15 meteors per hour, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), although lulls are always expected throughout the nights. 

From Quezon City, the shower's radiant—a.k.a. where the shooting stars appear to be coming from—will be rather low on the horizon, according to the University of the Philippines Astronomical Society. Still, there's nothing to lose if you just try: there are more chances of seeing the meteors if you look at the nearest dark patch of sky from the radiant. 

Main image from Daniel Mayovskiy/Unsplash.

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