Author: Robert Lunsford

Meteor Activity Outlook for 14-20 January 2017

During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Thursday January 19th. At this time the moon will be located 90 degrees west of the sun and will rise near midnight local standard time (LST). This weekend the waning gibbous moon will rise during the late evening hours and will make it difficult to view any meteor activity during the more active morning hours.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 7-13 January 2017

During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Thursday January 12th. At this time the moon will be located opposite the sun and will lie 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 before the start of morning twilight.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 31 December 2016 – 06 January 2017

During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Thursday January 5th. At this time the moon will be located 90 degrees east of the sun and will set between midnight and 0100 local standard time (LST). This weekend the waxing crescent moon will set during the early evening hours and will not cause any problems due to the thin phase.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 24-30 December 2016

During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Thursday December 29th. At this time the moon will be located near the sun and will not be visible at night. This weekend the waning crescent moon will rise during the early morning hours and will not cause any problems due to the thin phase.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 10-16 December 2016

During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Tuesday December 13th. At this time the moon will be located opposite the sun and will lie above the horizon all night long. This weekend the waxing gibbous moon will set between 0200 and 0300 on Saturday morning and 0300 and 0400 on Sunday morning, allowing a couple of hours of meteor viewing under dark skies before the start of dawn.

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