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Meteor Activity Outlook for 16-22 January 2021

15 Jan 2021, 21:06 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for 16-22 January 2021
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Richard Bassom captured this impressive fireball at 08:48 UT on 26 October 2020, from Ringwood, England. Notice the multiple bursts along the trail and at the end. Credit Richard Bassom

During this period, the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Thursday January 21st. At this time, the moon is located 90 degrees east of the sun in the sky and sets near 0100 local standard time. This weekend the waxing crescent moon will be present in the western sky after dusk but will soon set, leaving the remainder of the night free from interfering moonlight. 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 14 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 11 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 ...

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