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Meteor Activity Outlook for March 20-26, 2021

19 Mar 2021, 16:58 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for March 20-26, 2021
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Mario Braun captured this bright fireball with a persistent train just above the horizon from Bornheim, Germany, on March 6, 2021, at 02:46 CET (1:46 UT). For more reports on this fireball, visit: https://fireball.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/event/2021/1341 Credit Mario Braun.

During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Sunday March 21st. On this date the moon is located 90 degrees east of the sun and sets near 02:00 local daylight saving time (LDST). As the week progresses the moon will interfere with the more active hours of the morning sky, especially toward dawn. The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 2 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 5 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 11 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S). Evening rates are reduced due to moonlight during this period. 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 ...

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