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Meteor Activity Outlook for February 22-28, 2020

21 Feb 2020, 19:30 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for February 22-28, 2020
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Gideon Holtz captured this brilliant fireball on February 16, 2020 at 20:31 MST (03:31 Universal Time 16 February) from Seligman, Arizona, USA. Refer to IMO Fireball Report #834-202┬ęGideon Holtz
During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Sunday February 23rd. At this time the moon will lie near the sun and will be invisible at night. The moon will enter the evening sky later in the week but will not interfere with meteor observing. This is the best time of the month to view meteor activity as the moon will not be a factor at all. The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 3 no matter your location. For morning observers the estimated total hourly rates should be near 8 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 13 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. Note that the hourly rates listed below are estimates as viewed from dark sky sites away from urban light sources. Observers viewing from urban areas will see less activity as only the ...

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