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Meteor Activity Outlook for May 16-22, 2020

15 May 2020, 22:41 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for May 16-22, 2020
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This is a composite of the brightest of 27 Lyrids 2020, recorded by Peter Slansky. He observed them from my roof top terrace in the Munich city center during the Corona lock down. His camera was a Sony a7S with IR cut filter removed in black + white mode at ISO 102.000 at 25 fps with a Canon FD 2.8/15mm fish eye lens at F = 2.8. From 23:20 to 03:09 UT this camera recorded 59 meteors, 41 of them Lyrids.© Peter Slansky.
During this period, the moon reaches its new phase on Friday May 22nd . This weekend the waning crescent moon will rise during the early morning hours and will only present a slight annoyance the remainder of the morning. One can easily obtain useful observations by keeping the moon out of your field of view. 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 14 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S). The actual rates will also ...

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