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Meteor Activity Outlook for February 27-March 5, 2021

26 Feb 2021, 17:17 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for February 27-March 5, 2021
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Daniel Bush captured this brilliant fireball from Albany, Missouri, USA, on December 2, 2020, at 10:54 UT (4:54am CST). For more on this event, visit https://fireball.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/event/2020/7309 Credit Daniel Bush.

As seen from the northern hemisphere, March is the slowest month of the year for meteor activity. No major annual showers are active and only a few very weak minor showers produce activity this month. The sporadic rates are also near their annual minimum so there is not much to look forward to this month except for the evening fireballs that seem to peak this time of year as seen from the northern hemisphere. This could be due to the fact the Antapex radiant lies highest above the horizon this time of year during the evening hours. From the southern hemisphere, activity from the Centaurid complex begins to wane with only the weak activity visible from Norma and perhaps others nearby areas. At least southern sporadic rates are still strong to make the late summer viewing a bit more pleasurable.
During this period, the moon reaches its full phase on Saturday February 27th. This is the worst time of the month to view meteor activity as the bright moon will lie ...

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