Don’t forget to catch the Leonid meteor shower this weekend
Aileen Cerrudo • November 15, 2019 • 563
If you missed the Orionids meteor shower last October, or you were not able to catch one meteor during your “star gazing”, then worry not. The Leonid meteor shower will peak this weekend, November 16-17.
It is always best to view the night sky in high places like in the mountains or rooftops. Less light pollution is also better because too much city or street lights can overpower the light in the night sky.—AAC
Several parts of the Philippines will be able to witness the annular solar eclipse on December 26, according to PAGASA.
“An annular eclipse happens when the moon is farthest from Earth. Because the moon is farther away from Earth, it seems smaller and does not block the entire view of the sun thus creating a ‘ring of fire’ effect,” according to PAGASA.
The annular eclipse will be observed in the southernmost part of Davao Occidental.
According to PAGASA, the best site of observation is in Balut and Batulaki, Sarangani Island, Davao Occidental while other parts of the country will observe it as partial solar eclipse.
The earliest start of the eclipse will begin at 12:32 p.m. in Manila while it will begin at 12:43 p.m. in Balut Island. —AAC
The newly-created Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) will work on the key development areas of the Philippine Space Development and Utilization Policy which include climate studies and space research.
On Tuesday (October 22), the Philippine Navy conducted the third leg of the Philippine Navy Governance Forum (PNGF) Series 2019 in Manila which discussed “Space Technology and its Significance to National Security and Development.”
Program leader of the National Space Development Program, Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, identified the six (6) key development areas, namely: national security and development, hazard management and climate studies, space research and development, space industry capacity building, space education and awareness, and international cooperation.
Commodore Nichols A. Driz, Commander of the Naval Installation Command, said it is time for the Philippine Navy role of space study in the future naval systems.
“Space technology is a new opportunity not only for the Navy, but also for the other branches of service and the entire country itself,” he said.—AAC
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