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Meteor Activity Outlook for July 11-17, 2020

10 Jul 2020, 18:47 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for July 11-17, 2020
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Wade Earle captured this fireball while photographing noctilucent clouds from eastern Oregon on June 23, 2020 © Wade Earle
During this period, the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Monday July 13th. At this time, the moon is located 90 degrees west of the sun and rises near 0100 local daylight saving time (LDST). As the week progresses the waning crescent moon rises later in the morning with each passing night. This allows the window of dark skies to increase as the week progresses. The most active hours just prior to dawn will have slight interference from moonlight but one can overcome this simply facing in a direction where the moon is not visible within your field of view. The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 3 for those viewing from the southern hemisphere and 2 for those located north of the equator. For morning observers, the estimated total hourly rates should be near 13 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S) and 14 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N). The actual rates will also depend on factors such as personal light and motion perception, local weather conditions, alertness, and experience in watching ...

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