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Meteor Activity Outlook for May 9-15, 2020

8 May 2020, 17:30 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for May 9-15, 2020
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Paul Smith captured this bursting fireball from near Macclesfield, England, at 21:45 Universal Time on April 24, 2020. To see more details on this event visit: https://fireball.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/event/2020/1958 © Paul Smith
During this period, the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Thursday May 14th. At that time, the moon lies 90 degrees west the sun and will rise near 03:00 local daylight saving time (LDST). This weekend the waning gibbous moon will rise during the evening hours and will challenge the meteor observer by obscuring all but the brighter meteors. 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 9 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 12 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. Rates are reduced during this period due to interfering moonlight. Note that the hourly rates listed below are estimates as viewed from dark sky sites away from urban ...

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