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Meteor Activity Outlook for March 28-April 3, 2020

27 Mar 2020, 23:57 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for March 28-April 3, 2020
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Our favorite artist Michel Deconinck shares a drawing of a bright fireball he observed on 29 December 2019 at 17:29 Universal Time from Artignosc-sur-Verdon, France. You can see more or Michel’s work at: http://astro.aquarellia.com/ © Michel Deconinck
Meteor activity picks up a bit during April as the Lyrids become active during the month. They are active from the 14th through the 30th, with a pronounced maximum on the 22nd. Sporadic rates during April are steady as seen from both hemispheres with southern observers enjoying more activity that can be seen from the mid-northern hemisphere. The eta Aquariids will become active the second half of the month, adding a few swift meteors to the late morning scene.
During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Wednesday April 1st. At this time the moon lies 90 degrees east of the sun and will set near 02:00 local daylight saving time (LDST). This weekend the waxing crescent moon will set during the late evening hours allowing meteor observers to view activity without lunar interference during the more active morning hours. The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 3 for those viewing from the southern ...

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