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Meteor Activity Outlook for January 12-18, 2019

11 Jan 2019, 20:24 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for January 12-18, 2019
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This is Michel Deconinck’s impression of the 2019 Quadrantids as seen from Artignosc Provence, France on the night of January 3/4. Michel was situated perfectly to witness this shower at maximum activity as other visual reports in this area of the world can testify.
During this period the moon will reach its first quarter phase on Monday January 14th. At this time the moon will be located 90 degrees east of the sun and will set near midnight local standard time (LST) as seen from mid-northern latitudes. As the week progresses the waxing gibbous moon will set later in the morning, encroaching on the more active morning hours. Hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 3 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 2 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S). For morning observers the estimated total hourly rates should be near 12 as seen from mid-northern latitudes and 10 from the southern tropics. 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. Evening rates are reduced due to interfering moonlight. Note that the hourly rates listed below are estimates as ...

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