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Meteor Activity Outlook for October 13-19, 2018

12 Oct 2018, 00:02 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for October 13-19, 2018
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This pole grazing meteor was captured by on September 8, 2018, by Joseph Msallam from Troodos, Limassol on the island of Cyprus. Its trajectory indicates that it is a possible member of the September epsilon Perseid stream.
During this period the moon will reach its new phase on Tuesday October 16th. At this time the moon will be located 90 degrees east of the sun and will set near midnight local daylight saving time (DST). This weekend the waxing crescent moon will set during the late evening hours leaving the remainder of the night nice and dark for meteor observing. The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 3 for those viewing from the northern hemisphere and 2 for those located south of the equator. For morning observers the estimated total hourly rates should be near 22 as seen from mid-northern latitudes and 16 from the southern tropics. Evening rates are slightly reduced during this period due to moonlight. The actual rates will also depend on factors such as personal light and motion perception, local weather conditions, alertness and experience in watching meteor activity. Note that the hourly rates listed below are estimates as viewed ...

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