Super moon, meteor shower will be witnessed by Philippines

“August is one of the most popular times of the year to observe meteor showers. If the sky permits, the famous Perseids meteor shower will be observed with its peak in the late evening and early morning hours on August 12-13,” Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.

“However, the bright moon will cast an interfering glare across the nights of maximum activity, reducing visibility from 120 meteors per hour (the typical Perseid peak rate) to less than 30,” PAGASA added.

The government weather bureau advised the Filipinos that “the best time to watch as Earth plunges deeper into the debris stream before the Moon becomes full.”

It is advised to observe the sky for passing meteors if there is no moonlight and light pollution.

“The Perseids meteor shower radiate out from the constellation Perseus, which is located in the eastern horizon during August,” PAGASA explained.

PAGASA also said that Philippines will witness perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system or “super moon”. It is expected that the moon will be on its nearest distance from Earth, August 11 at 2 AM. The moon will look bigger during this phenomenon.

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