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Meteor Activity Outlook For December 5-11, 2020

4 Dec 2020, 17:57 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook For December 5-11, 2020
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Samer Hobeika was photographing this nighttime scene when this bright fireball occurred just above the horizon. It occurred at 04:34 UT (12:34am EST) on 22 August 2020 from Dalkeith, Ontario, Canada. For more details on this particular event visit: https://fireball.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/event/2020/4701. Credit Samer Hobeika
During this period, the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Tuesday December 8th. At this time, the moon is located 90 degrees west of the sun and rises near midnight local standard time (LST). The evening hours will be free of interfering moonlight and the morning hours can also be used for observing as long as you keep the moon 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 12 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 8 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 during the morning hours due to interfering ...

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