Geminids meteor shower to peak Wednesday night

Pinoys may see a spectacular lights show, not necessarily due to Christmas lights all over the town.

The show is from the annual Geminids meteor shower, which is expected to peak in the night of December 14 until early Dec 15, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

Under the Pagasa Astronomical diary, given "a dark and cloudless sky," Pinoys will see meteors or falling stars at an average rate of 40 per hour.

"The shower will appear to radiate from the constellation of Gemini, the Twin," Pagasa Administrator Nathaniel Servando said.

The annual Geminids shower is notably among the most spectacular light shows in a year. A report quotes's skywatching columnist Joe Rao as saying that the Geminids shower usually features "slow and bright meteors, with some of them appearing yellowish in color."

"A waning gibbous moon will be in the sky on the nights of this shower which will interfere with the show," Servando however warned.

A news report however adds that Geminids are also capable of creating "fireballs," that may be bright enough to see even with the interference of the moon's light.

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