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Meteor Activity Outlook for August 1-7, 2020

31 Jul 2020, 18:44 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for August 1-7, 2020
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Wade Earle captured this fireball while photographing Comet C/2020 F3 Neowise on the morning of July 17, 2020. He was located SSW of Pilot Rock, Oregon, USA. The orange glow along the horizon is caused by smoke. ©Wade Earle
Meteor activity kicks into high gear in August as seen from the northern hemisphere. The main reason for all this activity is the Perseid shower that peaks on August 12th. This shower is active most of the month and remains above the level of the sporadic background for a week centered on August 12th. The sporadic activity is also near maximum as seen from the northern hemisphere and is now more than double the rates from just three months ago. As seen from southern hemisphere, meteor rates are still decent but falling rapidly. The sporadic rates continue their downward slide and the Perseid radiant does not rise high into the sky as seen in the southern hemisphere. Therefore, rates for the Perseids are greatly reduced when compared to those seen from the northern hemisphere.
During this period, the moon reaches its full phase on Monday August 3rd. At this time, the moon is located opposite the sun and remains above the ...

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