Manila, Philippines – The Quadrantid meteor shower will dazzle the night sky nationwide this week, with up to 60 meteors per hour during its peak today and tomorrow, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said yesterday.
PAGASA Space Sciences and Astronomy Section chief Engr. Dario dela Cruz said that the Quadrantid meteor shower active from January 1 to 7 is best observed from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. on January 4 if the sky is clear. “The shower will appear to radiate from the constellation of Bootes.
The Quadrantid meteor shower hits the Earth’s atmosphere at the rate of about 40 kilometers per second,” PAGASA Administrator Dr. Nathaniel Servando said. Dela Cruz noted that Bootes is below the Big Dipper constellation in the northeast horizon. (Ellalyn B. de Vera)
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