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Meteor Activity Outlook for August 17-23, 2019

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During this period the moon wanes from its full phase to nearly half illuminated. This weekend the waning gibbous moon will rise during the early evening hours and will compromise the sky the remainder of the night. This is the worst time of the month to try and view meteor activity as the more active morning hours are completely swamped in bright moonlight.

Meteor Activity Outlook for 10-16 August 2019

During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Thursday August 15th. On that date the moon is located opposite the sun and lies above the horizon all night long. This weekend the waxing gibbous moon will set during the early morning hours, giving a small window of opportunity to view in dark skies while the moon is low in the west or below the horizon.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for August 3-9, 2019

During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Wednesday August 7th. On that date the moon is located 90 degrees east of the sun and will set near midnight local summer time. This weekend the waxing crescent moon will set during the late evening hours and will not interfere with viewing meteor activity.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 27 July-2 August 2019

The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 4 for those viewing from the southern hemisphere and 4 for those located north of the equator. For morning observers the estimated total hourly rates should be near 17 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 14 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S) .

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Meteor Activity Outlook for July 20-26, 2019

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.

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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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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 68 reports about fireballs seen over NJ, HI, MS, MT, Tennessee, CO, NC, MD, SC, GA, TN, MO, AL, VA, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, California and Missouri.

    We are also currently investigating 25 reports from Australia, Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Netherlands, Romania and Tunisia.

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    Meteor Activity Outlook for June 29-July 5, 2019

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    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.

    Meteor Activity Outlook for June 22-28, 2019

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    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).

    Meteor Activity Outlook for June 15-21, 2019

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    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).

    Meteor Activity Outlook for June 8-14, 2019

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    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.

    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.