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Meteor Activity Outlook for 19-25 December 2020

18 Dec 2020, 18:02 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for 19-25 December 2020
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David Feldmann was photographing the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn when this bright fireball shot through the field of view. It occurred at 16:41 UT (17:41 CET ) on 13 December 2020, from Erndtebr├╝ck, Germany. For more details on this particular event visit: https://fireball.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/event/2020/7648. Credit David Feldmann
During this period, the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Tuesday December 22nd. At this time, the moon is located 90 degrees east of the sun and will set near midnight local standard time. This weekend the waxing crescent moon will set during the evening hours and will not interfere with viewing the stronger meteor activity that occurs during the morning hours. The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 3 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 18 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 14 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S). Evening rates are reduced during this period due to moonlight. 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. ...

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