PAGASA: Meteor shower seen starting New Year's Day
Louis Bacani (The Philippine Star) - January 1, 2014 - 11:47am

MANILA, Philippines - The annual Quadrantid meteor shower will be active in the first seven days of 2014, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The agency said in its astronomical diary that the yearly Quadrantid meteor shower will be active from Jan. 1 to 7 and may peak  from Jan. 3 to 4.

"The observation of its peak activity is on January 3-4 in which, meteors or 'falling stars' can be seen at the rate of at least 40 meteors per hour," the agency said.

PAGASA said the meteor shower will appear to radiate from the constellation of Bootes.

It hits the Earth’s atmosphere at the rate of about 40 kilometers per second.

"The incinerated dust are said to be particles apparently derived from the debris ejected by the near-Earth asteroid 2003 EH," PAGASA said.

ACTIVE AGENCY ASTRONOMICAL GEOPHYSICAL AND ASTRONOMICAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION JAN METEOR PAGASA PHILIPPINE ATMOSPHERIC QUADRANTID SHOWER
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