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Meteor Activity Outlook for June 6-12, 2020

5 Jun 2020, 07:51 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for June 6-12, 2020
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Meteor and Star Trails over Zurich, CA – Jan 8th, 2020 © Ross Stone / RS2Photography320 exposures – 30 sec, 2.8 F, 320 ISO

During this period the moon’s phase wanes from full to nearly half illuminated. As the week progresses the waning gibbous moon will rise later each night, providing a small window of dark skies between dusk and moonrise. Unfortunately, meteor activity during this time of night is low, but this is offset by the opportunity for younger observers to view the dark evening sky prior to bedtime. 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 4 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 7 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 by moonlight during this period. Note that the hourly rates listed below are estimates as viewed from dark sky sites away from urban light sources. ...

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