The local office of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is urging residents of the city and province to observe “falling stars” from the annual Quadrantid meteor which will have its observation peak on January 3-4.
Sonny Pajarilla, chief of the PAGASA in Palawan, said local astronomy enthusiasts can see the meteor showers during the early morning hours of these dates.
He said the zenithal hourly rate (ZHR) or the number of meteors that an individual could observe is around 40 per hour.
Pajarilla said the Quadrantid (QUA) shower actually kicked off on the first day of the year and will last until January 7.
He said they are also willing to lend the use of their telescopes when there is a lunar eclipse or alignment in the positioning of the planet.
“Kung mayroong interested at mayroong grupo… kasi mahirap naman kung iisa lang… kung mayroong grupo na gagamit, mayroon tayong telescope. Usually, ang telescoping ay kung mayroon lang lunar eclipse at positioning and ating alignments ng planets (If there is any group interested… it’s hard if it’s only one person… if there is any group that wants to use, we have a telescope. Usually, telescoping is if there are a lunar eclipse and alignment of the positioning of planets),” he said.
Pajarilla said astronomy enthusiasts can view the official webpage of PAGASA to check their Astronomical Diary section for meteorological events.
Enthusiasts may also see the meteor showers in open or wide spaces like Mitra’s Ranch in Barangay Sta. Monica.
He said the best time to see the Quadrantid shower is late night January 3 until the dawn of January 4.