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Meteor Activity Outlook for August 22-28, 2020

21 Aug 2020, 16:29 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for August 22-28, 2020
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Philippe Jacquot was photographing Comet Neowise on the morning of 19 July 2020 from Villard-sur-Doron, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France, when at 00:36 CEST a brilliant fireball appeared in the frame close to the comet. This fireball was seen over France, Belgium, and Germany and can be investigated at: https://fireball.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/event/2020/3502 – Credit: Philippe Jacquot http://www.philippejacquotphotography.frFacebook.com/PhilippeJacquotAstrophotography
During this period, the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Wednesday August 26th. At this time, the moon is located 90 degrees east of the sun and sets between midnight and 0100 local daylight saving time (LDST). This weekend the waxing crescent moon will set during the early evening hours and will not interfere with the more active morning hours. 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 19 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 11 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 due to moonlight. ...

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