Wishing for a Miracle? Two Meteor Showers Are Happening This Weekend
More meteor showers, more chances of wishing.
(SPOT.ph) With everything that's going on these days—from the very critical national elections to the alarming effects of the global climate crisis, we can sure use a wishing star. (Or at least some hope that our wish will come true.) Either way, the night sky promises two meteor showers this week: Lyrids from April 16 to 25 (with peak activity on April 22, Friday) and π-Puppids from April 15 to 28 (with peak activity on April 24, Sunday).
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration, the Lyrics meteor shower can be observed when the constellation Hercules—the shower's radiant—rises at 9:17 p.m. This is expected to last until 5:14 a.m. the next day, but the radiant is highest in the sky at around 4 a.m. "Thus, the shower will produce the best display shortly before dawn, with up to 18 observable meteors per hour," according to the agency's Astronomical Diary.'
For the π-Puppids meteor shower, viewers have to look for the Puppis constellation, the shower's radiant. It can be observed after sunset until the constellation sinks towards the horizon at 10:09 p.m. But Puppis is highest in the night sky at 8 p.m., which is also the peak activity of the meteor shower.
As in most night-sky events, the meteor showers are best enjoyed if the sky is clear or moonless. They're observable through the naked eyes—just make sure that you're away from the city lights and that the radiant is at its highest point in the sky when you look up. However, the presence of the Waning Gibbous Moon in Sagittarius during the Lyrics meteor shower may pose a challenge.
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