- Posted January 1, 2014 by
Another meteor showers in Philippines
FILIPINO stargazers can watch another spectacle of about 40 falling stars this first week of January, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Wednesday said.
PAGASA officer-in-charge Vicente Malano said the Quadrantid meteor shower will be active from January 1 to January 7, and may peak Jan. 3 to 4. Last Dec. 13-14, Filipinos were also able to watch Geminid meteor showers.
"The observation of its peak activity is on January 3-4, during which meteors or 'falling stars' can be seen at the rate of at least 40 meteors per hour," Malano said.
He said the Quadrantid meteor shower hits the Earth’s atmosphere at 40 km per second, with the incinerated dust believed to be particles "from the debris ejected by the near-Earth asteroid 2003 EH."
The showers will continue to radiate from the constellation of Bootes. A new moon also welcomed 2014.
Malano said that on Jan.1, the planet Venus will be shining at magnitude 3.7 and will be found low in the west southwestern horizon after sunset. It slips down the horizon as days pass by and it will no longer be available for observation after the first week of the month.
The Planet will then appear in the morning sky at the last week of the month. Planet Mercury will also come into view on mid-January at the west southwestern horizon. It will be shining at magnitude 1.0 and will have full disk (span of 5 seconds of an arc in diameter) as seen through a telescope.
Neptune and Uranus will be found above the west southwestern sky after sunset and can be observed with the aid of modest-sized telescopes and binoculars under clear skies with the aid of a star map. They will be located among the background stars of the constellations Aquarius, the Water-Bearer and Pisces, the Fish, glowing at magnitudes +5.8 and +7.9, respectively.
Jupiter will dazzle at magnitude -2.7 in the eastern sky after sunset and will be visible in the evening sky throughout the month. It will be found among the background stars of the constellation Gemini, the Twin.
This month will also provide a perfect opportunity to view the largest planet in the solar system with its alternating series of bright zones and dark belts and with a diameter disk that measure at 47 seconds of an arc.
Saturn rises in the early morning hours during the month. It will be glowing at magnitude +0.6 and will be located within the stars of the constellation of Libra, the Scales. Through a telescope, it will measure at 16 arc of a second across its equator, while the ring spans at 37 and tilt at 22 degrees to our line of sight.
The Red Planet Mars will rise before midnight during the month of January. It will be found among the stars of the constellation of Virgo, the Maiden.
By the end of the month, the planets apparent diameter will reach 9 arc of a second through a modest-sized telescope.