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Meteor Activity Outlook for February 6-12, 2021

5 Feb 2021, 17:20 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for February 6-12, 2021
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This bright fireball was recorded by the UND Atmospheric Sciences Skycam, located at Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA. This event occurred on 18 November 2020 at 01:52am CST (07:52 UT). Many thanks to Aaron Kennedy for sharing this image with us! For more on this fireball visit: https://fireball.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/event/2020/6365 Credit the Atmospheric Sciences Department of the University of North Dakota.

During this period, the moon reaches its new phase on Thursday February 11th. On that date the moon is located near the sun and is invisible at night. This weekend the waning crescent will rise during the early morning hours but will not cause any interference to viewing meteor activity as long as it is kept out of one’s field of view while observing. The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 3 as seen from mid-northern latitudes and 4 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S). For morning observers, the estimated total hourly rates should be near 8 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 15 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 ...

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