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Meteor Activity Outlook for March 6-12, 2021

5 Mar 2021, 16:23 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for March 6-12, 2021
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Daniel Brannon captured this bright fireball from San Luis Obispo Bay, California, USA, on 10 February 2021, at 21:21 PST (5:21 UT on February 11). For more reports on this fireball, visit: https://fireball.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/event/2021/778 Credit Daniel Brannon

During this period, the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Saturday March 6th. On this date the half-illuminated moon will rise near 2:00 local standard time (LST) and will remain in the sky the remainder of the night. Lunar interference will decrease with each passing night as the moon’s phase wanes and the moon rises later each morning. The 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 6 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 10 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. Morning 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 ...

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