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Meteor Activity Outlook for April 4-10, 2020

3 Apr 2020, 16:30 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for April 4-10, 2020
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Daniel Bush captured this fine fireball on the morning of 30 March 2020 at 08:47 Universal Time from Albany, Missouri, USA. He mentions that the camera was set to high sensitivity and that the fireball was overexposed with artifacts. © Daniel Bush
During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Tuesday April 7th. At this time the moon lies opposite the sun and will be above the horizon all night long. This weekend the waxing gibbous moon will set during the morning hours allowing meteor observers a short window of opportunity to view under dark skies just before dawn. The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 3 for those viewing from the southern hemisphere and 2 for those located north of the equator. For morning observers, the estimated total hourly rates should be near 14 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S) and 9 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N). 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 by moonlight. Note that the hourly rates listed below are estimates as viewed ...

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