Most sky watchers are already looking forward to the upcoming Perseid meteor shower display, which is expected to peak on August 12, especially since reports of it being "the brightest shower in recorded human history" have surfaced, but the National Aeronautics and Space Administration begs to disagree.
Filipinos will be able to watch one of the year's most dazzling meteor showers this weekend as the Perseids meteor becomes extra visible Saturday night until early Sunday morning. It is not a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity because the Perseid shower happens every single year from July through Sept, reaching its peak in August, so if you miss it this year, there's always next year.
Earth is set to once again pass through the dust of the Swift-Tuttle comet, sparking the annual Perseid meteor shower.
This weekend, between August 11 and 13, the Perseids meteor shower is expected to peak.
A normal year for the Perseids would have between 80 to 100 meteors each hour, although not all will be visible by the naked eye.
"This year, unfortunately, we have a waning gibbous moon in the sky that will affect the visibility of the fainter meteors because the moon brightens the sky background", Geoff Chester, with the Naval Observatory, told WTOP Friday. We can look forward to a decent display, even though they aren't going to be raining down from the sky.
Ray Toh FlickrPerseids in Qatar in 2016
Get as far away from all artificial lights as you can and allow at least 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark.
However, you should have a good chance to see a few meteors streak across the sky.
But don't worry about the meteor shower battering earth any time soon as most burn 50 miles above the planet. They will originate in that part of the sky.
"It's hard to predict for sure, but they are thinking about 150 meteors an hour". Focus your attention between the northeastern horizon and the point right above you; the meteors will fly at many different angles, but will all come from the approximate direction of the Perseus constellation.
The warm summer weather typically makes the Perseid meteor shower a fan favorite. Then all you need to do is look up and enjoy the show. If you see one, you forget it!
This cosmic event may be just the catalyst for altering your life and moving you to take constructive action and make your goals a reality.