Month: August 2016

Meteor Activity Outlook for 27 August-2 September 2016

During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Thursday September 1st. At this time the moon will be located near the sun and will be invisible at night. This weekend the waning crescent moon will rise a few hours before dawn. This will allow unimpeded meteor observations nearly all night long. Even when the moon is above the horizon it will be too thin and too low in the sky to cause problems.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 20-26 August 2016

During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Thursday August 25th. At this time the moon will lie 90 degrees west of the sun and will rise near midnight local summer time (LST) for observers located at mid-northern latitudes. This weekend the waning gibbous moon will rise around 2100 LST and will remain above the horizon the remainder of the night. The bright moon will obscure many of the fainter meteors that would otherwise be seen in a darker sky.

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