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Meteor Activity Outlook for May 1-7, 2021

30 Apr 2021, 18:52 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for May 1-7, 2021
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Aaron Morris captured this fireball on March 15, 2021, from Griffin, Georgia, USA. It starts near the bright star Arcturus (alpha Bootis) and passes south of the “Big Dipper” (Ursa Major) as it shoots westward.

May is the best spring month (in the northern hemisphere) to view meteor activity. The eta Aquariids are very active the first two weeks of the month then fade as the month progresses. These meteors are only visible in the few dark hours prior to dawn. The remainder of the night has low meteor rates. The only other showers of note this month are the eta Lyrids and the Anthelion radiant. These will add only 2-3 meteors per hour to the total count. Sporadic rates are low but steady as seen from the mid-northern hemisphere (45 N). Sporadic rates seen from the tropical southern latitudes (25 S) are strong and remain so the entire month.
During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Monday May 3rd. On this date the moon is located 90 degrees west of the sun and rises near 2:00 local daylight saving time (LDST). This weekend the waning gibbous moon will rise during the early morning hours and ...

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