It may still be 42 years until we encounter Halley’s Comet again but there is a point in time that we nearly cross paths with it each year. We don’t come near enough to see it, but we are graced with the last signs of it: a torrent of shooting stars in the night skies. This happens due to the trail of debris that Halley’s Comet leaves in its wake and is called the Eta Aquariid meteor shower.
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Stargazers, photographers, and anyone interested should prepare for the meteor shower to be most visible this weekend, from May 4 to May 7, 2019. Sources disagree on which day exactly the shooting stars will be most prominent here in the Philippines but dawn is said to be the best time to catch the meteor shower.
According to PAGASA, since “the radiant of the meteor shower will virtually lie on the celestial equator” the view of the meteor shower is best on the southern hemisphere where up to 40 meteors per hour can be spotted. The northern hemisphere may witness up to 20 meteors per hour.
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