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Meteor Activity Outlook for August 15-21, 2020

14 Aug 2020, 21:35 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for August 15-21, 2020
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Adam Tatton-Reid was photographing Comet Neowise on the morning of July 21, 2020 from Pontsticill, Wales, UK, when at 1:14 BST a brilliant fireball appeared just above the horizon. This fireball was seen all over the UK and can be investigated at: https://fireball.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/event/2020/3583 – Credit: Adam Tatton-Reid
During this period, the moon reaches its new phase on Wednesday August 19th. At this time, the moon is located near the sun and is invisible at night. This weekend the waning crescent moon will rise during the early morning hours but will be too thin to interfere with meteor observing. 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 22 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 13 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. Note that the hourly rates listed below are estimates as viewed from dark sky sites away from urban light sources. Observers viewing ...

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