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Meteor Activity Outlook for 16-22 February 2019

During this period the moon will reach its full phase on Tuesday February 19th. At this time the moon will be located opposite the sun and will lie above the horizon all night long. This weekend the nearly full moon will set just before dawn, allowing only a little time to view the meteor activity before it becomes too light.

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News from the meteor library

Roberto Gorelli points our attention at some recently published meteor related papers. A New Meteoroid Model This paper will be published in Earth and Planetary Astrophysics: “A Single Physical Model for Diverse Meteoroid Data...

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News from the Meteor Library

Roberto Gorelli points our attention at some recently published meteor related papers. Lunar impact flashes This paper will be published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: “Temperatures of lunar impact...

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 9-15 February 2019

During this period the moon will reach its first quarter phase on Tuesday February 12th. At this time the moon will be located 90 degrees east of the sun and will set near 0100 local standard time (LST). This will allow the more active morning hours to be free of interfering moonlight. As the week progresses beyond Tuesday the waxing gibbous moon will set later, shrinking the window of opportunity to view under optimal conditions.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 2-8 February 2019

During this period the moon will reach its new phase on Monday February 4th. At this time the moon will be located near the sun and will be invisible at night. As the week progresses the waxing crescent moon will enter the evening sky. It will be so thin and will set early that it will not interfere with the viewing of meteor activity during this period.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 26 January-1 February 2019

During this period the moon will reach its last quarter phase on Sunday January 27th. At this time the moon will be located 90 degrees west of the sun and will rise near midnight local standard time (LST) as seen from mid-northern latitudes. As the week progresses the waning crescent moon will rise later in the morning, allowing a longer window to watch meteor activity under dark skies

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 19-25 January 2019

During this period the moon will reach its full phase on Monday January 21st. At this time the moon will be located opposite the sun and will lie above the horizon all night long as seen from mid-northern latitudes. The bright moon will make viewing meteor activity difficult during this entire period.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 12-18 January 2019

During this period the moon will reach its first quarter phase on Monday January 14th. At this time the moon will be located 90 degrees east of the sun and will set near midnight local standard time (LST) as seen from mid-northern latitudes. As the week progresses the waxing gibbous moon will set later in the morning, encroaching on the more active morning hours.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 5-11 January 2019

During this period the moon will reach its new phase on Saturday January 5th. At this time the moon will be located near the sun and will be invisible at night. As the week progresses the waxing crescent moon will enter the evening sky but will set long before the more active morning hours arrive.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 15-21 December 2018

During this period the moon will reach its first quarter phase on Saturday December 15th. At this time the half-illuminated moon will set between 2300-0000 local standard time for observers in mid-northern latitudes. This will compromise evening observations of meteors but the more active morning hours will be unaffected. As the week progresses the waxing gibbous moon will set later and later, limiting the time of truly dark sky to the hours just before dawn.

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