Mark your stargazing calendars! Witness meteor showers, lunar eclipse in May

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 6, 2021   •   543

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

Monsoon rains prevailing over PH – PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   June 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said it would be rainy today (June 21) in Luzon as the southwest monsoon or habagat continues to prevail over the region.

Specifically, the weather system is affecting areas of MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, and the provinces of Zambales and Bataan where cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms is being experienced,

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country are also experiencing the effects of Habagat along with localized thunderstorms which bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers.

Weather authorities advice the general public to be prepared as these conditions may possibly cause flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains and in some areas due to severe thunderstorms.

Monsoon rains prevailing across PH – PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   June 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —  State weather agency PAGASA forecasts prevailing rains over Luzon due to the effects of the southwest monsoon or habagat.

As of Tuesday (June 15), cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will continue to affect the entire Ilocos Region.

This may cause flash floods and landslides in areas susceptible to these hazards due to moderate to at times heavy rains.

Meanwhile, the combined effects of habagat and localized thunderstorms continue to bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms in Metro Manila and the rest of the country.

These conditions are expected to cause possible flash floods or landslides due to severe thunderstorms thus, residents are advised to take precautionary measures against these hazards.

PAGASA has not seen any brewing storm or weather disturbance to date, though rains will prevail due to the onset of the rainy season.

Rains across PH due to southwest monsoon, ITCZ — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   June 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Since it is the onset of the rainy season, wet days are expected across the country.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the southwest monsoon is now affecting Luzon and Western Visayas.

Specifically, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon as well as Western Visayas will continue to experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms which may possibly cause flash floods or landslides due to moderate or at times heavy rains.

Meanwhile, the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) is affecting the rest of the country bringing partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms. .

These conditions may cause flash floods or landslides due to severe thunderstorms in areas susceptible to these hazards.

PAGASA advises the public to closely monitor weather updates through the agency’s official website and social media accounts.

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