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Meteor Activity Outlook for December 12-18, 2020

11 Dec 2020, 20:26 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for December 12-18, 2020
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Roger Ulrich was photographing the Milky Way when this bright fireball entered the field of view. It occurred at 05:55 UT (10:55pm PDT on Aug 23) on August 24, 2020 from Cannon Beach, Oregon, USA. For more details on this particular event visit: https://fireball.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/event/2020/4765. Credit Roger Ulrich
During this period, the moon reaches its new phase on Monday December 14th. At this time, the moon is located near the sun and will be invisible at night. This weekend the slender waning crescent moon will rise at dawn and will not interfere with viewing meteor activity. The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 6 as seen from mid-northern latitudes and 5 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S). For morning observers, the estimated total hourly rates should be near 60 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 25 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 light sources. Observers viewing from urban areas ...

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