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Meteor Activity Outlook for January 30-February 05, 2021

29 Jan 2021, 17:35 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for January 30-February 05, 2021
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Erwin Filimon’s automated camera picked up this bright fireball in the northern sky at 20:47 UT on November 14, 2020, from Weyregg am Attersee, Austria. Credit Erwin Filimon

February offers the meteor observer in the northern hemisphere a couple of weak showers plus falling sporadic rates. This may not seem too exiting but you never know when surprises are in store. An errant earthgrazer from the Centaurid complex may shoot northward. Better yet, a bright fireball may light up the sky. February is the start of the evening fireball season, when an abundance of fireballs seem to occur. This lasts well into April as seen from the northern hemisphere. Sporadic rates are near maximum for those viewing from the Southern hemisphere. There are no strong showers this month, but sporadic rates are in excess of 10 per hour as seen from mid-southern latitudes.
During this period, the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Thursday February 4th. At this time, the half-illuminated moon is located 90 degrees west of the sun, thus it will rise near 01:00 local standard time. This weekend the nearly full moon will rise just after the end of dusk and will lie above the horizon ...

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