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Meteor Activity Outlook for July 4-10, 2020

4 Jul 2020, 19:07 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for July 4-10, 2020
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Richard Bassom captured this unusual fireball on 29 May 2020, from near Ringwood, England. For more information on this fireball visit Event #2602-2020 ©Richard Bassom
During this period, the moon reaches its full phase on Sunday July 5th. At this time, the moon is located opposite the sun and remains above the horizon all night long. As the week progresses the waning gibbous moon rises later in the evening with each passing night. This allows for some early evening meteor observing under dark skies. Unfortunately, this is also the time of the lowest meteor activity of the night. The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 2 for those viewing from the northern hemisphere and 3 for those located south of the equator. For morning observers, the estimated total hourly rates should be near 6 as seen from as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 7 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 ...

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