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    Meteor showers await Filipinos

    FILIPINO stargazers await the fruitful display of more than 40 meteors per hour during their peak from Friday night (Dec. 13) to Saturday morning (Dec, 14), a Philippine scientist on Thursday said.
    Mario Raymundo, chief of the Astronomical Observation of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the Geminids is active from December 12 to 16.
    Raymundo, however, stressed that the best time to watch it is from “11 p.m. of December 13 until 5 a.m. of December 14 as he noted that meteors are expected to be most frequent between 1 a.m. to 3 a.m.
    “This one’s exciting because it (Geminids) could exhibit an average of 40 meteors per hour and might be even more,” Raymundo noted.
    According to the NASA website, the Geminids are not ordinary meteors.
    It said a Geminid meteor is actually comprised of rocky debris from 3200 Phaethon, an extinct comet that was once thought to be an asteroid.
    “Every December, the Earth passes through this stream of Geminids, which causes meteors or shooting stars to spit from the Gemini constellation,” the agency noted.
    “This phenomenon was first observed in the late 19th century,” it added.
    Raymundo said the Geminids, which is also known in producing more than 100 meteors per hour during its peak, is the “most reliable meteor shower of the year” because of its “fruitful” display.
    During peak time, he said, stargazers could see dozens of meteors or falling stars, usually in white and yellow colors, streaking across the sky every hour.
    He said meteors might also come in colors orange, red, blue, and green, “but this could happen if its sizes are big.”
    Raymundo said observers could just head outside away from streetlights and other sources of lights and look at the sky as the meteor shower can be observed throughout the country.

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