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Meteor Activity Outlook for December 26, 2020-January 1, 2021

25 Dec 2020, 17:03 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for December 26, 2020-January 1, 2021
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This bright Ursid meteor was captured by Wade Earle in the early evening of December 21, 2020, from eastern Oregon, USA. This was near the same time that this shower was producing an outburst over Europe, where much more activity was visible as the radiant was located higher in the sky during the early morning hours. Credit Wade Earl.
During this period, the moon reaches its full phase on Tuesday December 29th. At this time, the moon is located opposite the sun in the sky and will lie above the horizon all night long. This weekend the waxing gibbous moon will set during the morning hours and will leave a small period of time to view under dark conditions between moon set and dawn. The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 2 as seen from mid-northern latitudes and 2 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S). For morning observers, the estimated total hourly rates should be near 7 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 5 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S). Meteor rates are reduced during this period due to moonlight. The actual rates will also depend on factors such as personal ...

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