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Meteor Activity Outlook for October 19-25, 2019

During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Monday October 21st. At this time the moon will be located 90 degrees west of the sun and will rise near 0200 local daylight saving time (LDST). This weekend the waning gibbous moon will interfere with morning observations. Evening skies will be dark until moonrise near midnight local summer time (LST). Conditions will improve with each passing night as the moon wanes and rise later during the morning hours.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for October 12-18, 2019

During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Sunday October 13th. At this time the moon will be located opposite the sun and lie above the horizon all night long. Toward the end of this period there will be a moonless period of a couple of hours between dusk and moonrise. Unfortunately meteor rates at this time are very low.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for October 5-11, 2019

During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Saturday October 5th. At this time the moon will be located 90 degrees east of the sun and will set near 23:00 local daylight saving time (LDST). As the week progresses the window of dark skies during the morning hours will decrease with each passing night.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for September 28 – October 4, 2019

During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Saturday September 28th. At this time the moon will be located near the sun and will not be visible at night. As the week progresses the waxing crescent moon will enter the evening sky but will not interfere with viewing meteor activity as it sets long before the more active morning hours arrive.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for September 14-20, 2019

During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Saturday September 14th. This will be the worst time of the month to try and view meteor activity as the bright moon will obscure all but the brightest meteors. Toward the end of this period the evening hours will be free of moonlight but rates during this time of night are low, seldom exceeding 5 meteors per hour.

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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 99 reports about fireballs seen over FL, GA, MN, NC, MO, CA, VA, AZ, KS, IA, AR, MD, MA, SC, TN, MI, IN, OH, IL, KY, Missouri, Oklahoma, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Arkansas and Massachusetts.

    We are also currently investigating 34 reports from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Belize, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Croatia, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands and Norway.

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    Meteor Activity Outlook for September 07-13, 2019

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    During this period the moon’s phase waxes from just past its first quarter phase to nearly full. This weekend the moon’s phase will be a waxing gibbous that will set soon after midnight local daylight saving time (LDST). This is good timing as the more active morning hours will be free of moonlight. With each passing night this window of dark sky shrinks until the moon sets near the start of dawn late in the week.

    Meteor Activity Outlook for August 24-30, 2019

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    During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Friday August 30th. On that date the moon is located near the sun and is invisible at night. This weekend the nearly half-illuminated moon will rise during the early morning hours. While the moonlight in the morning sky will be bothersome, successful meteor observations can still be undertaken by simply keeping the moon out of your field of view.

    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

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    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.