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Meteor Activity Outlook for May 8-14, 2021

7 May 2021, 18:01 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for May 8-14, 2021
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David Alger used a Sony A7sII 4K video camera and a Samyang 12mm f2.8 lens to capture this fireball on March 23, 2021, from Portsmouth, England, GB. Notice that is passes just above the stars of the “Big Dipper” (Ursa Major) . ©David Alger

During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Tuesday May 11th. On this date the moon is located near the sun and is invisible at night. This weekend the waning crescent moon will rise during the early morning hours but will not interfere with meteor observing as it will be too thin and only in the sky an hour or two prior to sunrise. The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 3 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 4 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S). For morning observers, the estimated total hourly rates should be near 11 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 23 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 ...

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