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Meteor Activity Outlook for September 12-18, 2020

11 Sep 2020, 15:16 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for September 12-18, 2020
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Thomas Heckl was photographing Comet Neowise outside M√ľnchen, Bayern, Germany on the night of July 20, 2020, when at 22:59 CEST a bright meteor shot downward just to the right of the comet. This object was well seen over Germany and surrounding countries. Check out the AMS Event#3578-2020 page for more information on this object. Credit: Thomas Heckl
During this period, the moon reaches its new phase on Thursday September 17th. 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 and will not be too much of a nuisance as long as you keep it out of your field of view while observing. 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 15 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 10 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 ...

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