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If you were left in awe at the sight of the super blue blood moon, the universe has another another jaw-dropping display in store this April: the Lyrids.

Also called the April lyrids, this meteor shower lights up the night sky yearly every (yes, you guessed it!) April. The Lyrid meteor shower has been around for 2,700 years, making it one of the oldest meteor showers on record.

Sky gazers from the Philippines and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere will be able to witness 10-20 meteors per hour at its peak. This is especially visible on a very dark and moonless night, according to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). This year, the peak is expected to be free of bright moonlight as the moon will set before the shower.

The best time to see the dusty trail of the comet is at the wee hours of the morning on April 22. As for the meteor shower, the peak viewing time will be before dawn.

Lucky for us, the Philippine Astronomical Society of the Philippines (PAS) will host an observation camp for anyone who would like to see the meteors with fellow astronomy lovers. The camp will take place at Big Handy’s Ground in Tanay, Rizal on April 21. Telescope viewing will be available, too, if the weather permits it. *fingerscrossed*

Event fee is priced at P650 for PAS members and P1,000 for non-members, inclusive of transportation, camp fee, entrance fee, and miscellaneous. Anyone who will join the camp must also register at their Facebook event page.

For more details and updates, check out Philippine Astronomical Society’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Photo from NASA


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