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Meteor Activity Outlook for January 23-29, 2021

22 Jan 2021, 18:27 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for January 23-29, 2021
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Erwin Filimon’s automated camera picked up this impressive fireball at 21:56 UT on 6 November 2020, from Weyregg am Attersee, Austria. For more on this fireball visit: https://fireball.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/event/2020/6365 Credit Erwin Filimon

During this period, the moon reaches its full phase on Friday January 29th. At this time, the moon is located opposite the sun, thus it will rise as the sun sets and set as the sun rises. This weekend the waxing gibbous moon will set during the early morning hours, leaving a small period of time free from interfering moonlight. The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 2 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 12 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 12 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. Evening rates are reduced during this period due to moonlight. Note that the hourly rates listed below are estimates as viewed from dark sky sites away from urban light ...

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