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Meteor Activity Outlook for March 27-April 2, 2021

29 Mar 2021, 04:34 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for March 27-April 2, 2021
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Daniel Bush captured this bright fireball from Albany, Missouri, USA, on March 8, 2021, at 03:14 CST (9:14 UT). Credit Daniel Bush.

During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Sunday March 28th. On this date the moon is located opposite the sun and remains in the sky all night long. As the week progresses the moon will rise later each night, providing a small window of opportunity to view under dark skies between dusk and moon rise. The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 1 as seen from mid-northern latitudes and 3 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S). For morning observers, the estimated total hourly rates should be near 3 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 7 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S). 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 urban light sources. Observers viewing from urban areas will see less activity as only ...

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