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Meteor Activity Outlook for August 29-September 4, 2020

28 Aug 2020, 20:01 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for August 29-September 4, 2020
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As has been the theme lately, many photographers of Comet Neowise were lucky to also capture a bright fireball shooting close to the comet. Nicolas Rossetto was photographing the comet from near Jouhe, France, on the morning of 19 July 2020. At 00:36 CEST a brilliant fireball short northward just above the Big Dipper. This fireball was seen over France, Belgium, and Germany and can be investigated at: https://fireball.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/event/2020/3502Credit: Nicolas Rossetto
During this period, the moon reaches its full phase on Thursday September 3rd. At this time, the moon is located opposite the sun and remains above the horizon all night long. This weekend the waxing gibbous moon will set during the early morning hours, allowing a short opportunity to view meteor activity prior to dawn. The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 3 as seen from mid-northern latitudes and 2 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S). For morning observers, the estimated total hourly rates should be near 9 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 7 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, ...

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