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Meteor Activity Outlook for October 3-9, 2020

5 Oct 2020, 06:42 UTC
Meteor Activity Outlook for October 3-9, 2020
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Sylvain Lechevalier was photographing Comet Neowise when not one, but two meteors shot through the field of view. The photograph was taken at 00:01 CEST on July 27, 2020, from near Montbazon Centre-Val de Loire, France. Credit: Sylvain Lechevalier
Meteor activity increases in October when compared to September. A major shower (the Orionids) is active all month long and there are also many minor showers to be seen. Both branches of the Taurids become more active as the month progresses, providing slow, graceful meteors to the nighttime scene. The Orionids are the big story of the month reaching maximum activity on the 21st. This display can be seen equally well from both hemispheres which definitely helps out observers located in the sporadic-poor southern hemisphere this time of year. Sporadic activity is still good as seen from the northern hemisphere. In the southern hemisphere though, the sporadic activity is near its annual nadir.
During this period, the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Friday October 9th. At that time, the moon is located 90 degrees west of the sun and rises near 23:00 local daylight saving time (LDST). For this weekend and most of next week the bright waning gibbous ...

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