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Several summer meteor showers are peaking this week and expected to continue through mid-August.
Although the timing of the moon cycle this year might hamper viewing by adding light to the night sky, this summer should still provide ample opportunity for viewing.


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Credit: SonotaCo Network, Japan


A group of meteor enthusiasts created a network of over 100 video cameras placed at 25 well-separated locations across Japan. This unprecedented network recorded not only 240,000 optically bright meteors over two years, but almost 40,000 meteors seen by more than one station. These multiple-station events were particularly interesting because they enabled the observers to extrapolate meteor trajectories back into the Solar System. The resulting radiant map is shown above, with many well known meteor showers labelled by the first three letters of the home constellation. Besides known meteor showers, eleven new showers were identified by new radiants on the sky from which meteors appear to flow.

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