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Meteor Activity Outlook for April 18-24, 2020

17 Apr 2020, 18:41 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for April 18-24, 2020
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Ingo Queiser captured this fireball on the evening of April 6, 2020 at 19:06 Universal Time from Dresden, Sachsen, Germany. For more details on this event visit: https://fireball.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/event/2020/1652 © Ingo Queiser
During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Thursday April 23rd. At this time the moon lies near the sun and is invisible at night. This weekend the waning crescent moon will rise during the early morning hours but will not cause any problems for those trying to view the meteor activity. 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 the ...

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