Heads up! See Geminids meteor shower this week


Posted at Dec 13 2017 03:30 PM

Image courtesy of PAGASA

MANILA - A starry, starry December night is coming up. 

This year's best meteor shower, according to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), will be visible in most places in the world and will peak in the Philippines' eastern horizon on the night of Dec. 14 until the early morning of Dec. 15.

The annual Geminids meteor shower will be active from Dec. 4 to Dec. 17, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said. 

"Meteors or “falling stars” can be seen at an average rate of forty (40) meteors per hour under a dark and cloudless sky condition," the agency said in its monthly astronomical calendar.

Meanwhile, NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office predicted a rate of one meteor per minute under good conditions.

The shower comes from the constellation Gemini. Unlike most meteor showers that originate from comets, NASA said Geminids originate from asteroid Phaeton 3200.

Although it can be seen with the naked eye, enthusiasts recommend checking the weather forecast to optimize the stargazing experience. 

PAGASA said, it is open to conduct stargazing and telescoping sessions upon request.