Shooting stars will light up the night sky tonight: April 22, 2020

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This Wednesday evening, April 22, 2020, stars will fall like rain and light up the sky as the annual Lyrids meteor shower reaches its peak, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

A meteor shower is defined as a large concentration of meteors that fall, and is a recurring phenomenon. This particular meteor shower was observed for over 2600 years.

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Under optimal conditions a meteor shower generates a dozen meteors per hour that last for less than a day.

Don’t worry, because although the meteors are bright and fast, they can still be seen with the naked eye even if they aren’t many.

Do not just stare at that spot all night after you have located the radiant. Longer streaks tend to appear farther from the radiance of the shower, so if your eyes are glued to that unique spot all night, you might miss the best meteors (also, focusing on a single point in the dark for so long may strain your eyes).

So, as lying on the ground is both more comfortable and will give you the best view of the whole sky, we suggest you kick back and relax to get the most out of this brilliant, astronomical event.


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