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Meteor Activity Outlook for October 6-12, 2018

During this period the moon will reach its new phase on Tuesday October 9th. 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 just before dawn and will not interfere with viewing meteor activity.

by - Oct 5, 2018 - 6

Meteor Activity Outlook for September 29-October 5, 2018

During this period the moon will reach its last quarter phase on Tuesday October 2nd. At this time the moon will be located 90 degrees west of the sun and will rise between 2300 (11pm) and 0000 (midnight) local summer time (LST). This weekend the waning gibbous moon will rise during the late evening hours. This will hamper meteor observations the remainder of the night as the bright moonlight will obscure all but the brightest meteors. Conditions improve with each passing night as the moon wanes and rises later.

by - Sep 28, 2018 -

Meteor Activity Outlook for September 15-21, 2018

During this period the moon will reach its first quarter phase on Sunday September 16th. At that time the moon will lie 90 degrees east of the sun and will set near midnight local daylight saving time (LDT). As the week progresses the waxing gibbous moon will set later and later, shrinking the window of opportunity to view meteor activity under dark skies.

by - Sep 14, 2018 - 5

Meteor Activity Outlook for September 8-14, 2018

During this period the moon will reach its new phase on Sunday September 9th. At that time the moon will lie near the sun in the sky and will be invisible at night. As the week progresses the waxing crescent moon will enter the evening sky but will not interfere with viewing meteor activity.

by - Sep 7, 2018 - 7

Meteor Activity Outlook for September 1-7, 2018

During this period the moon will reach its last quarter phase on Monday September 3rd. At that time the moon will lie 90 degrees west of the sun in the sky and will rise near midnight local daylight saving time (LDT) as seen from mid-northern latitudes. As the week progresses the waning crescent moon will rise later with each passing night, creating more favorable viewing conditions.

by - Aug 31, 2018 - 5

Meteor Activity Outlook for August 25-31, 2018

During this period the moon will reach its full phase on Sunday August 26th. At that time the moon will lie opposite of the sun in the sky and will remain above the horizon all night long. As the week progresses the waning gibbous moon will rise during the late evening hours with the moon severely hampering efforts to see meteor activity during the more active morning hours.

by - Aug 26, 2018 -

Meteor Activity Outlook for August 18-24, 2018

During this period the moon will reach its first quarter phase on Saturday August 18th. At that time the moon will lie 90 degrees east of the sun in the sky and will set near midnight local daylight saving time (LDT) as seen from mid-northern latitudes. As the week progresses the waxing gibbous moon will encroach upon the morning hours, limiting the time observers have to view under moonless conditions.

by - Aug 19, 2018 - 2

Meteor Activity Outlook for August 11-17, 2018

During this period the moon will reach its new phase on Saturday August 11th. At that time the moon will lie near the sun in the sky and will be invisible at night. As the week progresses the waxing crescent moon will enter the evening sky but will not cause much interference for meteor observers, especially during the more active morning hours.

by - Aug 11, 2018 - 2

Viewing the Perseid Meteor Shower in 2018

The Perseids are often the most impressive Meteor Shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. The Perseid meteor shower offers a consistently high rate of meteors every year and it occurs in August when the temperatures are usually nice enough for a night under the stars!

by - Aug 3, 2018 - 29

Meteor Activity Outlook for August 4-10, 2018

During this period the moon will reach its last quarter phase on Saturday August 4th. This is good for evening observations but once the moon rises during the early morning hours, conditions will be less than ideal. These conditions improve with each passing night to where there is little lunar interference at the end of this period.

by - Aug 2, 2018 -

Meteor Activity Outlook for July 28-August 3, 2018

During this period the moon will wane from it's nearly full phase down to almost half-illuminated. This weekend the moon will rise shortly after dusk and will rise approximately 45 minutes later each night. Although meteor activity is strong this time of year the bright moon will obscure all but the brighter meteors.

by - Jul 27, 2018 -

Meteor Activity Outlook for July 21-27, 2018

During this period the moon will reach it's full phase on Friday July 27th. At that time the moon will be located opposite the sun and will lie above the horizon most of the night. This weekend the waxing gibbous moon will set during the early morning hours allowing a few hours of dark skies in which to watch meteor activity under good conditions.

by - Jul 20, 2018 - 3

Meteor Activity Outlook for July 14-20, 2018

During this period the moon will reach it's first quarter phase on Thursday July 19th. At that time the moon will be located 90 degrees east of the sun and will set around 0100 local daylight saving time (DST). This weekend the waxing crescent moon will set during the early evening hours and will not interfere with meteor viewing.

by - Jul 12, 2018 - 3

Meteor Activity Outlook for June 23-29, 2018

The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is 2 as seen from mid-northern latitude (45N) and 3 from the southern tropics (25S). For morning observers the estimated total hourly rates should be near 10 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 13 from the southern tropics (25S). Evening rates are reduced due to interfering moonlight.

by - Jun 22, 2018 - 6

Meteor Activity Outlook for June 16-22, 2018

During this period the moon will reach it's first quarter phase on Wednesday June 20th. At that time the moon will be located 90 degrees east of the sun and will set near 0100 local daylight saving time (LDT). This will cause interference with evening meteor viewing but the more active morning hours will be free of moonlight. This weekend the waxing crescent moon will set prior to midnight allowing good views of the morning activity.

by - Jun 15, 2018 - 1

Meteor Activity Outlook for June 9-15, 2018

The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is 3 as seen from mid-northern latitude (45N) and 4 from the southern tropics (25S). For morning observers the estimated total hourly rates should be near 8 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 11 from the southern tropics (25S).

by - Jun 8, 2018 - 2

Meteor Activity Outlook for June 2-8, 2018

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. During this period the moon will reach it's last quarter phase on Wednesday June 6th. At that time the moon will be located 90 degrees west of the sun and will rise between 0100 and 0200 local daylight saving time (LDT) for observers located at mid-northern latitudes.

by - May 31, 2018 -

Meteor Activity Outlook for May 26-June 1, 2018

During this period the moon will reach it's full phase on Tuesday May 29th. At that time the moon will be located opposite the sun and remain above the horizon most of the night. This weekend the waxing gibbous moon will set during the late morning hours, giving a small window of opportunity to view meteor activity between moonset and the start of morning twilight.

by - May 25, 2018 - 2

Meteor Activity Outlook for May 19-25, 2018

During this period the moon will reach it's first quarter phase on Tuesday May 22th. At that time the moon will be located 90 degrees east of the sun and set near 0200 local daylight saving time (LDT). This weekend the waxing crescent moon will set during the mid-evening hours and will not interfere with meteor observing during the more active morning hours.

by - May 18, 2018 - 2