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Meteor Activity Outlook for September 5-11, 2020

4 Sep 2020, 18:13 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for September 5-11, 2020
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When you are at star parties, sometimes things get in the way. Arne Schröter was taking a picture of Comet Neowise and the surrounding scene when this fireball shot through the fork mount of a Schmidt Cassegrain telescope. While Arne’s aim was unfortunate, his timing was excellent. This fireball occurred on the morning of July 19, 2020, at 00:31 CEST from near Lanuéjols, Occitanie, France. 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: Arne Schröter
September offers longer nights in the northern hemisphere that tend to be less hazy than those experienced in mid-summer. In the sky, no major showers are visible from either hemisphere, but the northern hemisphere enjoys the advantage of higher sporadic rates. Most of the shower activity this month is produced from the Perseus-Aurigid complex active this time of year. These showers rarely produce more than 5 meteors per hour but still manage to produce most of the shower activity seen this month. Unfortunately, the Perseus-Aurigid complex lies too low in the northern sky for southern hemisphere observers to view very well. Video studies have shown that the Taurids are visible as early as September 23rd, therefore after ...

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