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Meteor Activity Outlook for October 24-30, 2020

23 Oct 2020, 17:20 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for October 24-30, 2020
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Margy Meath was photographing a nighttime bridge scene when a bright fireball passed through a small hole in the cloud cover. This timely photograph was taken at 9:45 EDT (1:45 UT on Aug 19) on August 18, 2020 from near Castile, New York USA. Credit: Margy Meath.
During this period, the moon waxes from half illuminated to nearly full. This weekend the moon will set during the early morning hours, allowing several hours of good viewing prior to the start of dawn. As this period progresses, the waxing gibbous moon will begin to interfere with morning meteor observing as it sets approximately 45 minutes later with each passing night. By the end of this period the nearly full moon will lie above the horizon all night long, making meteor observing difficult at best. The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 3 as seen from mid-northern latitudes and 2 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S). For morning observers, the estimated total hourly rates should be near 17 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 14 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S). Evening rates are reduced due to interfering moonlight. The actual rates will ...

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