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Meteor Activity Outlook for November 30 – December 6, 2019

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During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Wednesday December 4th. At this time the moon will be located 90 degrees east of the sun and will set near 02:00 Local Summer Time (LST). This weekend the waxing crescent moon will set near midnight allowing the more active morning hours to be free of interfering moonlight.

Meteor Activity Outlook for November 23-29, 2019

During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Wednesday November 27th. 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 affect meteor observations as long as you keep it out of your field of view.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for November 16-22, 2019

During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Wednesday November 20th. At this time the moon will be located 90 degrees west of the sun and will rise near 0200 local standard time. This weekend the waning gibbous moon will rise just before midnight, ruining the sky for meteor observers the remainder of the night. Only late in the period will the moon allow meteor observers to achieve decent limiting magnitudes during the morning hours. One could always view during the moonless evening hours but rates are low at this time.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for November 9-15, 2019

During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Tuesday November 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 sets just before dawn allowing some observing before dawn to view under dark conditions.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for November 2-8, 2019

During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Monday November 4th. At this time the moon will be located 90 degrees east of the sun and will set near 0200 local summer time. With each passing night the dark window between moon set and dawn shrinks so by next weekend there is little time for viewing in a dark sky.

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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 158 reports about fireballs seen over CO, IA, AZ, FL, NM, TX, WI, MI, TN, NC, OH, IL, MS, OK, MN, LA, ND, KS, OR, Missouri, Ohio, Virginia, New Hampshire, California, Texas, Georgia, Illinois, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Iowa, New Jersey, South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, New York and North Carolina.

    We are also currently investigating 36 reports from Afghanistan, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Egypt, France, United Kingdom, Ireland and Italy.

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    Meteor Activity Outlook for October 26-November 1, 2019

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    During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Sunday October 27th. At this time the moon will be located near the sun and will be invisible at night. Late in this period the waxing crescent moon will enter the evening sky but will not interfere with meteor observing.

    Meteor Activity Outlook for October 19-25, 2019

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    During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Monday October 21st. At this time the moon will be located 90 degrees west of the sun and will rise near 0200 local daylight saving time (LDST). This weekend the waning gibbous moon will interfere with morning observations. Evening skies will be dark until moonrise near midnight local summer time (LST). Conditions will improve with each passing night as the moon wanes and rise later during the morning hours.

    Meteor Activity Outlook for October 12-18, 2019

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    During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Sunday October 13th. At this time the moon will be located opposite the sun and lie above the horizon all night long. Toward the end of this period there will be a moonless period of a couple of hours between dusk and moonrise. Unfortunately meteor rates at this time are very low.

    Meteor Activity Outlook for October 5-11, 2019

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    During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Saturday October 5th. At this time the moon will be located 90 degrees east of the sun and will set near 23:00 local daylight saving time (LDST). As the week progresses the window of dark skies during the morning hours will decrease with each passing night.