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Meteor Activity Outlook for May 23-29, 2020

22 May 2020, 21:49 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for May 23-29, 2020
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An automated camera operated by veteran meteor observer Felix Bettonvil, captured this bright fireball at 23:12 Universal Time on May 9, 2020. This unit is located at Dwingeloo, Drenthe, The Netherlands. More information on this event is available at: https://fireball.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/event/2020/226© Felix Bettonvil.
During this period, the moon progresses from its new phase to almost half-illuminated. It won’t cause any problems once it enters the evening sky as it will set long before the more active morning hours arrive. The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 3 for those viewing from the northern hemisphere and 4 for those located south of the equator. For morning observers, the estimated total hourly rates should be near 8 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 13 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 brighter meteors will be visible from such locations.

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