Geminids meteor shower tonight


Posted at Dec 14 2010 03:20 PM | Updated as of Dec 15 2010 06:37 PM

MANILA, Philippines - It will be a starry, starry night tonight if clouds won't obstruct the view of the Geminids meteor shower, which will reach its peak on December 14.

The annual meteor shower, dubbed "the most reliable meteor shower of the year", will feature meteors or falling stars in white, yellow, blue, red, and green.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the meteors can be seen "at an average rate of 60 meteors per hour under a dark and cloudless sky which the quarter moon set just after midnight."


Meteors will 'radiate' from the Gemini constellation, said PAGASA. Credit: PAGASA


The weather agency also said that the meteors will "radiate" from the Gemini constellation in the eastern horizon.

Lunar eclipse on Dec. 21

On Tuesday, December 21, Filipinos will be able to see the ending stage of a total lunar eclipse, said PAGASA.

The eclipse will begin at 1:29 p.m. and end at 7:04 p.m., according to PAGASA.

The lunar eclipse will also be visible in north America, western south America, Europe, and Africa. The event can be viewed in full in northern Scandinavia.

One can safely view lunar eclipses without the aid of protective filters. PAGASA said the public may use binoculars to help magnify the view and make the red coloration of the moon brighter.