'Bright, fast' meteors to light up PH sky: PAGASA

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Posted at Apr 22 2020 12:51 PM

Stars are seen in the night sky during the Lyrid Meteor Shower over the ruins of Saint Trinity church in Leningrad Region, Russia April 22, 2020. Anton Vaganov, Reuters

MANILA - Bright and fast meteors will light up the country's skies from Wednesday to early Thursday, the state weather bureau said.

The Lyrid meteor shower generates a dozen meteors per hour with a brief maximum that lasts for less than a day under optimal condition, according to PAGASA's astronomical diary.

The meteor shower, which got its name from the Lyra constellation, has been observed for more than 2,600 years, according to the bureau.

"Chinese records show that 'stars fell like rain' during the meteor shower of 687 B.C.," it said.

The public will have to view the meteor shower from their homes as Luzon, home to about half of the country's 100 million people, and other areas have set home quarantine measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Philippines as of Tuesday confirmed 437 deaths and 654 recoveries out of its total 6,599 cases of the novel coronavirus.