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Meteor Activity Outlook for August 8-14, 2020

7 Aug 2020, 16:29 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for August 8-14, 2020
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While this appears to be an impressive picture of comet Neowise and a bridge near Barton-upon-Humber, UK, a bright fireball is lurking behind the support stand, just left of center. The fortunate photographer is Richard Wilks who commented that “2 large flashes followed by several smaller flashes”. Photographed on 21 July 2020 at 00:15 UT – Credit: Richard Wilks
During this period, the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Tuesday August 11th. At this time, the moon is located 90 degrees west of the sun and rises between 23:00 and midnight local daylight saving time (LDST on August 10/11) . This weekend the waning gibbous moon will rise during the late evening hours, allowing a short but dark glimpse of the early August activity between dusk and moonrise. The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 5 as seen from mid-northern latitudes and 4 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S). For morning observers, the estimated total hourly rates should be near 21 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 15 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S). The actual rates will also depend on factors such as personal light and motion perception, local ...

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