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American Meteor Society
Meteor Activity Outlook for January 11-17, 2014
BY ROBERT LUNSFORD, IN METEOR SHOWERS
Radiant Positions at 7pm Local Standard Time
Radiant Positions at Midnight Local Standard Time
Radiant Positions at 5am Local Standard Time
During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Wednesday January 15th. At this time the moon will lie opposite the sun and will above the horizon all night long. This weekend the waning gibbous moon will set during the a few hours before dawn, allowing a couple of hours to view under dark conditions. The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 3 no matter your location. For morning observers the estimated total hourly rates should be near 10 no matter your location. 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. Evening rates are reduced this week 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 brightest meteors will be visible from such locations.