Principal Meteor Showers of 2020

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  1. Lainey

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    I use a GSkyer Telescope. But camping someplace dark during the Annual Perseid Meteor shower is worth it!!! August 11-13th AC72ECE7-2240-4693-8E21-47FF13CA19D6.jpeg
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    We were in Colorado for the Perseid in 2018. I laid back in my zero gravity chair at our campsite. It was great.
     
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    That sounds wonderful!!
     
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    I'll be camping in upstate NY near lake Ontario from Aug 8th-15th. Hopefully I can kick back in my zero gravity chair and watch it too!
     
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    oh wow!! I’m on the west coast. Be sure to check on your location for the best viewing time :) Sounds like a great getaway! Be sure to take pictures
     
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    The media over hypes meteor showers. And you do much better with very dark skies and a low horizon. We out here in the far west are fortunate in that we can drive to dark skies. Back east, not so much.
     
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    Next up , The Orionids

    Orionids
    Next period of activity: October 2nd, 2020 to November 7th, 2020
    The Orionids are a medium strength shower that sometimes reaches high strength activity. In a normal year the Orionids produce 10-20 shower members at maximum. In exceptional years, such as 2006-2009, the peak rates were on par with the Perseids (50-75 per hour). Recent displays have produced low to average displays of this shower.

    Shower details - Radiant: 06:20 +15.5° - ZHR: 20 - Velocity: 41 miles/sec (swift - 67km/sec) - Parent Object: 1P/Halley

    Next Peak - The Orionids will next peak on the Oct 20-21, 2020 night. On this night, the moon will be 23% full.


    There is an old WWII Army Air Corp practice air strip 100 miles from here in a very dark part of the State. It is surrounded by bean fields. Sounds like a camping trip.
     
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    That sounds like a perfect spot to watch the show! Thank you Econ. ⭐️
     
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    We camped a bit south of Mono Lake, CA. The Perseids were underwhelming this year on the night of the maxima at our location.
     
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    I still saw a few while walking the dog when we were camping in NY. I missed the peak night, but its still wild to see shooting stars. Kinda blows my mind actually...
     
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    that's odd, TPE gave something like 46% moon.
     
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    23% = a 3.22 day crescent moon.
    46%= a 6.44 day quarter moon.

    Looks like a math error.

    Full moon is 10-1 so New is 10-15.. So 10-20/21 is 5 to 6 days later. Looks like the one I posted is in error.

    Moon Phases for October 2020
    New Moon: October 16, 3:31 P.M. First Quarter Moon: October 23, 9:23 A.M. Full Hunter's Moon: October 31, 10:49 A.M.

    There's a blue moon in Oct
     

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