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Meteor Activity Outlook for September 26-October 2, 2020

25 Sep 2020, 15:56 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for September 26-October 2, 2020
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Romaric Bute was photographing a closeup of Comet Neowise from Montbellet, France on the morning of July 27, 2020, when at 01:13 CEST a bright meteor shot downward just to the right of the comet. This object was well seen over western Europe. For more information on this fireball visit AMS Event#3672-2020 . Credit: Romaric Bute

During this period, the moon reaches its full phase on Thursday October 1st. At that 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 few hours of observations under dark skies between moon set and 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 16 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 13 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S). Evening rates are reduced due to moonlight. The actual rates will also depend on factors such as personal light and motion perception, local weather conditions, alertness, and experience in watching meteor ...

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