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Meteor Activity Outlook for May 2-8, 2020

1 May 2020, 21:42 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for May 2-8, 2020
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While attempting to capture Lyrid meteors, Wade Earle captured this double bursting fireball on the night of April 21/22, 2020. The familiar “W” of Cassiopeia lies to the lower right of the fireball. Mr. Earle was located on a rural bluff overlooking the Columbia River Basin, Oregon, USA © Wade Earle
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 full phase on Thursday May 7th. At this time the moon lies opposite the sun and will remain above the horizon all night long. This weekend the ...

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