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Meteor Activity Outlook for January 2-8, 2021

4 Jan 2021, 17:20 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for January 2-8, 2021
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Daniel Bush captured this impressive fireball at 04:11 UT (23:11 CDT on Sept. 5 ) on 6 Septmeber 2020, from Albany, Missouri, USA. For more details on this particular event visit: https://fireball.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/event/2020/5020. Credit Daniel Bush

January is best known for the Quadrantids, which have the potential of being the best shower of the year. Unfortunately, this shower is short lived and occurs during some of the worst weather in the northern hemisphere. Due to the high northern declination (celestial latitude) and short summer nights, little of this activity can be seen south of the equator. There are many very minor showers active throughout the month. Unfortunately, most of these produce less than 1 shower member per hour and do not add much to the overall activity total. Activity gets interesting as seen from the southern hemisphere as ill-defined radiants in Vela, Carina, and Crux become active this month. This activity occurs during the entire first quarter of the year and moves eastward into Centaurus in February and ends in March with activity in Norma and Lupus. Sporadic rates are generally similar in both hemispheres this month. Sporadic rates are falling though for observers in the northern hemisphere and rising as ...

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