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Meteor Activity Outlook for 30 May- 5 June 2020

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During this period, the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Saturday May 30th. At this time, it is located 90 degrees east of the sun and sets near 02:00 local daylight saving time (LDST). As the week progresses the waxing gibbous moon will start intruding on the morning sky, shrinking the opportunity to view under dark conditions which each passing night. Toward the end of this period moon set and the start of morning twilight will be simultaneous.

Meteor Activity Outlook for May 16-22, 2020

During this period, the moon reaches its new phase on Friday May 22nd . This weekend the waning crescent moon will rise during the early morning hours and will only present a slight annoyance the remainder of the morning. One can easily obtain useful observations by keeping the moon out of your field of view.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for May 9-15, 2020

During this period, the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Thursday May 14th. At that time, the moon lies 90 degrees west the sun and will rise near 03:00 local daylight saving time (LDST). This weekend the waning gibbous moon will rise during the evening hours and will challenge the meteor observer by obscuring all but the brighter meteors.

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Viewing the eta Aquariid Meteor Shower in 2020

The eta Aquariids are the outbound particles of the Halley's comet. Activity from this shower will increase nightly and peak on May 5 and 6. (photo credit: May, 2nd 2017, Meteor over Mono Lake - © Jeff Sullivan Photography.com)

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Meteor Activity Outlook for May 2-8, 2020

During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Thursday May 7th. At this time the moon lies opposite the sun and will remain above the horizon all night long. This weekend the waxing gibbous moon will set during the early morning hours and will provide a small window of opportunity to view under dark skies between moonset and dawn.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for April 25-May 1, 2020

During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Thursday April 30th. At this time the moon lies 90 degrees east of the sun and will set near 3:00 local daylight saving time (LDST) on May 1st. This weekend the waxing crescent moon will set during the early evening hours and will not cause any problems for those trying to view the meteor activity.

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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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    We are currently investigating 22 reports about fireballs seen over MO, TN, AR, MD, VA, PA, NC, DE, MA, ME, CT and NY.

    We are also currently investigating 13 reports from Brazil, Canada, United Kingdom, Morocco, Netherlands and South Africa.

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    Meteor Activity Outlook for April 18-24, 2020

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    During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Thursday April 23rd. At this time the moon lies near the sun and is invisible at night. This weekend the waning crescent moon will rise during the early morning hours but will not cause any problems for those trying to view the meteor activity.

    Viewing the Lyrids in 2020

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    The normal Lyrid display, seen under moonless conditions, usually offers a peak of around 10 meteors per hour in addition to the normal random meteor rate of about 5 per hour. The peak is sharp, only a few hours long, so don’t be surprised if you see far less than 10 Lyrids per hour. Yet when compared to the normal low activity seen during the late winter and early spring nights, the nights around April 22nd offer a nice bit of entertainment to help one stay awake.

    Meteor Activity Outlook for April 11-17, 2020

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    During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Tuesday April 14th. At this time the moon lies 90 degrees west of the sun and will rise near 2:00 local daylight saving time (LDST). This weekend the waning gibbous moon will rise during the late evening hours and will spoil the sky with bright moonlight the remainder of the night.

    Meteor Activity Outlook for April 4-10, 2020

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    During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Tuesday April 7th. At this time the moon lies opposite the sun and will be above the horizon all night long. This weekend the waxing gibbous moon will set during the morning hours allowing meteor observers a short window of opportunity to view under dark skies just before dawn.

    Meteor Activity Outlook for March 28-April 3, 2020

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    During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Wednesday April 1st. At this time the moon lies 90 degrees east of the sun and will set near 02:00 local daylight saving time (LDST). This weekend the waxing crescent moon will set during the late evening hours allowing meteor observers to view activity without lunar interference during the more active morning hours.

    Meteor Activity Outlook for March 21-27, 2020

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    During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Tuesday March 24th. At this time the moon lies near the sun and will be invisible at night. This is the best time of the month to view meteor activity as there will be no lunar interference.