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Meteor Activity Outlook for 20-26 April 2019

During this period the moon will reach its last quarter phase on Friday April 26th. This weekend the nearly full moon will lie above the horizon nearly all night long. The glare from the bright moon will make meteor observing difficult at best. The lunar glare will obscure all but the brighter meteors. The glare will lessen which each passing night but will still be a hindrance all week long.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 13-19 April 2019

During this period the moon will reach its full phase on Friday April 19th. This weekend the waxing gibbous moon will set during the early morning hours and will not interfere with meteor observing the remainder of the night. Next week though the window of dark skies shrinks with each passing night so by Wednesday the nearly full moon will remain above the horizon nearly all night.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 6-12 April 2019

During this period the moon will reach its first quarter phase on Friday April 12th. This weekend and for most of the week, the waxing crescent moon will set during the early evening hours and will not interfere with meteor observing as the more active morning hours are free of moonlight.

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News from the meteor library

Roberto Gorelli points our attention at a recently published meteor related paper. Meteoroid structure and fragmentation This paper will be published in Planetary and Space Science by M. D. Campbell-Brown.   Abstract: The...

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 23-29 March 2019

During this period the moon will reach its last quarter phase on Thursday March 28th. At this time the moon will be located 90 degrees west of the sun and will rise near 02:00 local standard time (LST) as seen from mid-northern latitudes. This weekend the waning gibbous moon will rise during the late evening hours and will ruin the sky for the remainder of the night.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 16-22 March 2019

During this period the moon will reach its full phase on Thursday March 21st. 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 viewing meteor activity under dark conditions.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 2-8 March 2019

During this period the moon will reach its new phase on Wednesday March 6th. 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 during the morning hours but will not interfere with meteor observing as long as you keep the moon out of your field of view.

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News from the Meteor Library

Roberto Gorelli points our attention at some recently published meteor related paper. Solar cycle variation in radar meteor rates This paper will be published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: “Solar cycle...

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 23 February-1 March 2019

During this period the moon will reach its last quarter phase on Tuesday February 26th. At this time the moon will be located 90 degrees west of the sun and will rise near 0100 local standard time (LST). Useful meteor observations can be carrier out during the more active morning hours as long as you keep the moon out of your field of view. This weekend will be more difficult to view meteor activity as the gibbous moon will rise earlier and also be brighter than later in the week.

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