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Meteor Activity Outlook for July 25-31, 2020

25 Jul 2020, 10:07 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for July 25-31, 2020
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Meteor and Comet 2020/F3 aka “NEOWISE” North of Priest River, IdahoJuly 18th, 2020 – Nikon D850, iso 1000, 1/6 second shutter speed with intervals every 3 seconds – Credits: BrianPlonka / brianp.onfabrik.com
During this period, the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Monday July 27th. At this time, the moon is located 90 degrees east of the sun and sets near midnight. This weekend the more active morning sky will be totally free of interfering moonlight. As the week progresses though, only the few hours just prior to dawn will provide dark skies. The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 4 as seen from mid-northern latitudes and 3 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S). For morning observers, the estimated total hourly rates should be near 22 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 19 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. Evening rates are reduced during this period due to moonlight. Note that the hourly rates listed below are estimates as viewed from dark sky sites away ...

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