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Viewing the 2023 Quadrantid Meteor Shower

The Quadrantids can be one of the strongest displays of the year, yet they are difficult to observe. The main factor is that the display of strong activity only has a duration of about 6 hours. The reason the peak is so short is due to the shower’s thin stream of particles and the fact that the Earth crosses the stream at a perpendicular angle.

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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 16 reports about fireballs seen over WA, CO, MN, NE, KY, SC, CA, WY, SD, GA and AZ.

    We are also currently investigating 17 reports from Canada, Cyprus, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy and Sweden.

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    Meteor Activity Outlook for December 17-23, 2022

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    During this period, the moon reaches its new phase on Friday December 23rd. At that time the moon will lie near the sun and will be invisible at night. This weekend the waning crescent moon will rise during the early morning hours but should not interfere with meteor observing as long as you keep it out of your field of view.

    Meteor Activity Outlook for December 10-16, 2022

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    During this period, the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Friday December 16th. At that time the moon will lie 90 degrees west of the sun and will rise near midnight local standard time (LST). This weekend the waning gibbous moon will rise during the late evening hours, allowing a short window of opportunity to view under dark sky conditions between moonrise and dusk.

    Some of the images shown on this website may involve HDR technology and as such may not be compatible with either meteor magnitudes or meteor rates obtained by traditional visual or other standard photometric techniques.