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Meteor Activity Outlook for April 24-30, 2021

24 Apr 2021, 17:56 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for April 24-30, 2021
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Blake Huovie captured this fireball while photographing aurora on March 12, 2021, from Bear Head Lake State Park, Minnesota, USA ©Blake Huovie

During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Monday April 26th. On this date the moon is located opposite the sun and remains above the horizon all night long. During this entire period the moon remains above the horizon while the sky is dark, severely limiting the opportunity to view meteor activity. The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 1 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 2 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S). For morning observers, the estimated total hourly rates should be near 4 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 6 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. 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 from urban light sources. Observers viewing from urban areas will see less activity as only the brighter meteors ...

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