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Meteor Activity Outlook for October 17-23, 2020

16 Oct 2020, 17:59 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for October 17-23, 2020
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Grant Tandy was photographing the Perseid meteor display from near Bend, Oregon, USA, when this bright meteor shot through the frame. This fireball occurred at 23:40 PDT (6:40 UT on Aug 12) on August 11, 2020. Credit: Grant Tandy.
During this period, the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Thursday October 22nd. At that time, the moon is located 90 degrees east of the sun and sets near 23:00 local daylight saving time (LDST) as seen from most mid-northern latitude locations. This weekend the waxing crescent moon will set during the early evening hours and will not interfere with meteor observing. 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 25 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 20 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 ...

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