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Meteor Activity Outlook for July 20-26, 2019

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During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Wednesday July 24th. On that date the moon is located 90 degrees west of the sun and rises near 0100 local daylight saving time (LDST). This weekend the waning gibbous moon will rise during the late evening hours and will interfere with viewing meteor activity during the more active morning hours. In fact the moon will be a nuisance during this entire period. One can either view during the slow evening hours prior to moonrise or view during the more active morning hours, keeping the moon well out of your field of view.

Meteor Activity Outlook for July 13-19, 2019

During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Tuesday July 16th. On that date the moon is located opposite the sun in the sky and remains above the horizon all night long. This weekend the waxing gibbous moon will set during the morning hours just before dawn, allowing a small opportunity to view under dark skies.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for June 29-July 5, 2019

Meteor season finally gets going in July for the northern hemisphere. The first half of the month will be much like June with predominately slow rates. After the 15th though, both sporadic and shower rates increase significantly. For observers in the southern hemisphere, sporadic rates will be falling but the overall activity will increase with the arrival of the Southern delta Aquariids during the last week of the month.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for June 22-28, 2019

The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 3 for those viewing from the northern hemisphere and 4 for those located south of the equator. For morning observers the estimated total hourly rates should be near 6 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 10 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S).

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Meteor Activity Outlook for June 15-21, 2019

The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 2 for those viewing from the northern hemisphere and 3 for those located south of the equator. For morning observers the estimated total hourly rates should be near 5 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 7 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S).

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Meteor Activity Outlook for June 8-14, 2019

During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Monday June 10th. At this time the moon is located 90 degrees east of the sun and sets near 0200 local daylight saving time (LDST). As the week progresses, the waxing gibbous moon will set later in the morning with each passing night, reducing the window of dark skies available.

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Latest Major Fireball Events

Everyday, we receive reports about fireballs from all around the world. Here are some of the latest major Fireball Events (with at least 30 reports):

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    Pending Fireball Reports

    We are currently investigating 62 reports about fireballs seen over CA, FL, OH, IN, WV, NY, PA, MO, TN, AL, GA, WA, NC, NJ, VA, KY, MD, MN, NH, MA, AR, IL, MI, AZ, Missouri, Alabama, Oklahoma, Indiana, Minnesota and Tennessee.

    We are also currently investigating 20 reports from Belgium, Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, India, Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Slovakia and Vietnam.

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    Meteor Activity Outlook for June 1-7, 2019

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    June is another slow month for meteor activity. There are no major showers active in June and only the Anthelion source can be counted on for continuous activity. Sporadic rates continue to remain slow as seen from the mid-northern hemisphere (45 N) with only half the rates seen from the southern hemisphere. As seen from the southern tropics (25 S) sporadic rates continue to be strong this month with morning hourly rates exceeding 10.

    Meteor Activity Outlook for May 25-31, 2019

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    During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Sunday May 26th. At this time the half-illuminated moon rises between 0200 and 0300 local summer time (LST) and remains in the sky the remainder of the night. As the week progresses the moon will become less of a factor as it wanes and rises later with each passing night.

    Meteor Activity Outlook for May 18-24, 2019

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    During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Saturday May 18th. At this time the moon lies above the horizon all night long, making meteor observations difficult at best. As the week progresses the moon's phase will wane and it will rise later each night. This will provide some dark skies between dusk and moon rise but unfortunately this is a very slow time for meteor activity.

    Meteor Activity Outlook for May 11-18, 2019

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    During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Saturday May 11th. At this time the half-illuminated moon is present in the evening sky and does not set until 3-4am as seen from mid-northern latitudes. As the week progresses the window of dark skies between moonset and dawn will shrink until it disappears by Wednesday May 15th.

    Meteor Activity Outlook for May 4-10, 2019

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    During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Saturday May 4th. At this time the moon is invisible at night and poses no problems to meteor observers. As the week progresses the slender crescent moon will enter the evening sky but will set long before the more active morning hours arrive.