Sky watchers to be treated to meteor shower tonight
Ghio Ong, Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) - April 22, 2013 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Sky gazers can watch bright and fast meteors tonight as the annual Lyrid meteor shower reaches its peak, the state weather bureau said yesterday.

“The shower’s peak this year will be in progress on the evening of April 22 onward,” the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

PAGASA said the shower generates a dozen meteors per hour under optimal conditions with a brief maximum that lasts for less than a day.

“Unfortunately, a bright Gibbous Moon will drown out fainter meteors during the predawn viewing,” the weather agency said, adding the Lyrid meteor shower has been observed for more than 2,600 years.

BRIGHT GEOPHYSICAL AND ASTRONOMICAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION GIBBOUS MOON LYRID METEOR METEORS PAGASA PEAK PHILIPPINE ATMOSPHERIC SHOWER
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