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Meteor Activity Outlook for October 31-November 6, 2020

30 Oct 2020, 18:57 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for October 31-November 6, 2020
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Vaibhav Ravichandran was photographing a nighttime river scene from Rattlesnake Ridge Trail, near North Bend, Washington, USA, when this brilliant fireball happened to shoot through the frame. This fireball occurred on August 16, 2020, at 00:16 PDT (07:49 UT). Credit Vaibhav Ravichandran. More information on this event can be obtained from: https://fireball.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/event/2020/4493 Note that this image is not intended to be used for accurate photometric assessment of meteor brightness.
During this period, the moon reaches its full phase on Saturday October 31st. At this time, the moon is located opposite the sun and lies above the horizon all night long. As this period progresses, the waning gibbous moon will rise later with each passing night, allowing a short period of dark sky between dusk and moon rise. 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 11 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, ...

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