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Meteor Activity Outlook for March 21-27, 2020

20 Mar 2020, 18:58 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for March 21-27, 2020
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Todd Salat was photographing aurora when this brilliant fireball shot through the frame. This fireball occurred at 2:08 AKDT (10:08 UT) on March 13, 2020, from Copper Center, Alaska, USA. For more of Todd’s work visit: AuroraHunter.com © Todd Salat
During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Tuesday March 24th. At this time the moon lies near the sun and will be invisible at night. This is the best time of the month to view meteor activity as there will be no lunar interference. 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 7 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 10 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 ...

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