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Meteor Activity Outlook for March 13-19, 2021

12 Mar 2021, 17:13 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for March 13-19, 2021
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Hugues Courtois captured this bright fireball from Andeville, France, on February 18, 2021, at 02:19 CET (1:19 UT). For more reports on this fireball, visit:
https://fireball.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/event/2021/954 Credit Hugues Courtois

During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Saturday March 13th. On this date the moon is located near the sun and is invisible at night. Later in this period, a waxing crescent moon will enter the evening sky but will not interfere with meteor observing, especially during the more active morning hours. The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 3 as seen from mid-northern latitudes and 5 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 13 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. Note that the hourly rates listed below are estimates as viewed from dark sky sites away from urban light sources. Observers viewing from urban areas will see less activity as only the brighter meteors will be ...

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