MANILA, Philippines—Catch the Eta Aquarid meteor shower and the total lunar eclipse in May.
About 20 or more meteors per hour will be seen from the sky as the Earth passes close to the orbit of Halley’s comet, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
The meteor shower is usually active between April 19 and May 28 every year.
“The point from where the meteors appear to radiate is located within the constellation Aquarius, the Water Bearer,” PAGASA said.
Meanwhile, on May 26, a total lunar eclipse will be visible in the Philippine sky. The entire event will be seen in South/East Asia, Australia, Much of North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.
PAGASA said the eclipse will begin at 4:47 p.m. Philippine Standard Time (PhST) and will end at 9:49 p.m. (PhST).
In Manila, the moon will rise at 6:14 P.M. on 26 May and will set at 4:49 A.M. on 27 May 2021.
The state weather bureau assured that lunar eclipses are safe to watch and observers need not use any kind of protective filters for the eyes. A pair of binocular will help magnify the view and will make the red coloration of the moon brighter. AAC