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Meteor Activity Outlook for March 9-15, 2019

During this period the moon will reach its first quarter phase on Thursday March 14th. At this time the half-illuminated moon will be located 90 degrees east of the sun and will set near 0200 local daylight saving time (DST) as seen from mid-northern latitudes. This weekend the waxing crescent moon will set during the late evening hours and will not interfere with the more active morning hours.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for March 2-8, 2019

During this period the moon will reach its new phase on Wednesday March 6th. 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 interfere with meteor observing as long as you keep the moon out of your field of view.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for February 23-March 1, 2019

During this period the moon will reach its last quarter phase on Tuesday February 26th. At this time the moon will be located 90 degrees west of the sun and will rise near 0100 local standard time (LST). Useful meteor observations can be carrier out during the more active morning hours as long as you keep the moon out of your field of view. This weekend will be more difficult to view meteor activity as the gibbous moon will rise earlier and also be brighter than later in the week.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for February 16-22, 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 nigh 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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Meteor Activity Outlook for February 9-15, 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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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 166 reports about fireballs seen over MA, IL, OR, KY, WA, RI, CO, WI, PA, CT, NJ, VA, NC, HI, NH, CA, NY, WV, VT, ME, LA, FL, AL, GA, MI, TX, IN, California, Mississippi, Maine, Washington, Oregon and Texas.

    We are also currently investigating 56 reports from Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, France, United Kingdom, India, Italy and New Zealand.

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    Fireball over Colorado

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    A bright fireball has been spotted over Colorado on Thursday February 7th, 2019 around 6:13pm MST (Jan 8, 2019 - 01:13 Universal Time). So far, we received over 100 reports about this event and multiple photos of what looks like a smoke trail left behind the fireball.

    Meteor Activity Outlook for February 2-8, 2019

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    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.

    Meteor Activity Outlook for January 26- February 1, 2019

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    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.

    Meteor Activity Outlook for January 19-25, 2019

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    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.

    Meteor Activity Outlook for January 12-18, 2019

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    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.