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Meteor Activity Outlook for February 8-14, 2020

7 Feb 2020, 18:03 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for February 8-14, 2020
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Patrick Vidal captured this brilliant fireball on the morning of January 29, 2020 at 09:51 Universal Time from Onyx, California, USA.Refer to IMO fireball event #476-2020. ©Patrick Vidal
During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Sunday February 9th. At this time the moon will lie opposite the sun and will lie above the horizon all night long. As the week progresses the waning gibbous moon will rise later in the evening, allowing dark skies for a few hours during the early evening hours. Unfortunately this is the worst time to view meteor activity as rates are only 1-2 per hour at best. The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 2 for those viewing from the northern hemisphere and 3 for those located south of the equator. For morning observers the estimated total hourly rates should be near 4 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 7 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S) . 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 during this period due to moonlight. Note that ...

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