Meteor shower to dazzle night Philippine sky on June 27

On June 27, a minor meteor shower will grace the midnight sky, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.

Bootids, a shower derived from the debris ejected by comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke, will peak predawn of June 27, the PAGASA said in its astronomical diary.

Normally, the shower is active from June 26 to July 2.

Scientist William Frederick Denning once described Bootid shower as large meteors which came in quick succession from Botes and Draco constellations. (Bootids are) moderately slow, white with yellowish trains, and paths rather short in the majority of cases.

Several of the meteors burst or acquired a great intensification of light near the termination of their flights, and gave flashes like distant lightning, he said.

Astronomy fanatics, which has been a growing community in the Philippines, can view up to a dozen shooting stars under clear sky.

An outburst in 2004 surprised everyone by producing meteors on June 23 before any previous historical Bootid activity.

The radiant of the shower will originate from the constellation Bootes, the herdsman, which lies nearly overhead, the Pagasa said.

Meanwhile, summer solstice, the time when day is noticeably longer than night occurs 7:59 a.m.(