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Meteor Activity Outlook for October 10-16, 2020

9 Oct 2020, 14:58 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for October 10-16, 2020
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John Durkin photographed this bright fireball from the roof of his house located in La Habra Heights, CA USA. It occurred at 07:28 Universal Time on August 9, 2020. Credit: John Durkin
During this period, the moon reaches its new phase on Friday October 16th. At that time, the moon is located near the sun and is invisible at night. This weekend the waning crescent moon will rise during the early morning hours but will not interfere with meteor observing as long as your keep it out of your field of view. The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 4 as seen from mid-northern latitudes and 3 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S). For morning observers, the estimated total hourly rates should be near 16 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 11 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S). Morning rates are reduced due to moonlight. 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 ...

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