“I wish this pandemic will end already.”
Well, it seems like we have luck on our side or at least the luck in having the ‘chance of wishing’ as a dramatic sight of the Perseid meteor shower will arrive this week.
The name Perseid comes from the constellation “Perseus” where it would seem to originate or radiates from it or also called a meteor shower’s radiant.
Look to the sky in the late evening and early morning hours on August 12-13 to witness its peak. The meteor shower will be observed from the constellation Perseus located on the eastern horizon.
The Perseid meteor shower is famous for its high hourly rate and bright meteors due to the Earth slamming into the debris left behind by comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. For this year, we are expected to see at least 50 or more meteors during peak time according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
What to do to clearly see meteors?
- Reduce amount of light pollution in your view
- Don’t look at your phone
- Give your eyes at least 15 minutes to adjust to the dark
- The more sky you can see, the better
As most of the Philippines are now under stricter community quarantine classification because of the Delta variant threat, why don’t we look up to the sky and wish with all our hearts on the meteor showers for healing, peace, and the end of Covid-19.