Tag Archive: 2021 Perseid Meteor Shower

Meteor Activity Outlook for November 26-December 2, 2022

During this period, the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Thursday November 30th. At that time the moon will lie 90 degrees east of the sun and will set near 2300 local standard time (LST) on November 29th. This weekend the waxing crescent moon will set during the early evening hours and will not interfere with meteor observing during the more active morning hours.

by - Nov 25, 2022 -

Meteor Activity Outlook for November 19-25, 2022

During this period, the moon reaches its new phase on Wednesday November 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 late morning hours and can be easily avoided by keeping it out of your field of view.

by - Nov 18, 2022 - 1

Viewing the Leonid Meteor Shower in 2022

The Leonids are remnants of comet 55P Tempel-Tuttle, which last passed through the inner solar system in 1998. The comet has just passed its farthest point from the sun and is now on its inbound leg of its journey around the sun. It is expected to be closest to the sun again in 2031.

by - Nov 15, 2022 -

Meteor Activity Outlook for November 12-18, 2022

During this period, the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Wednesday November 16th. At that time the moon will lie 90 degrees west of the sun and will rise near 2300 local standard time (LST) on the 15th. This weekend the waning gibbous moon will rise during the mid-evening hours, allowing a window of opportunity to view under dark conditions between the end of dusk and moon rise.

by - Nov 11, 2022 - 1

Will There Be a Swarm of Taurid Meteors This Year?

The annual Taurid meteor shower usually does not inspire too much excitement as each branch (North & South) rarely produce more than 5 shower members per hour at maximum. They are usually in the background for those viewing the more potent Orionid meteor shower, providing a few nice slow meteors in contrast to the swift Orionids. This year could be different though as the southern branch of the Taurids is predicted to produce an increasing number of meteors this year.

by - Oct 25, 2022 -

Meteor Activity Outlook for October 22-28, 2022

During this period, the moon reaches its new phase on Tuesday October 25th. At that time the moon will lie near the sun and will be invisible at night. As the week progresses the waxing crescent moon will enter the evening sky but will be so thin and will set so early that it will not interfere with meteor observing. This weekend the moon will rise just prior to dawn and will not interfere with meteor observing.

by - Oct 21, 2022 - 3

Meteor Activity Outlook for October 15-21, 2022

During this period, the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Monday October 17th. At that time the moon will lie 90 degrees west of the sun and will rise near 23:00 (11pm) local Daylight Saving Time (LDST). As the week progresses the waning crescent moon will rise later with each passing morning, allowing viewing conditions to improve as the week progresses. This weekend the evening hours will be free of interfering moonlight. The morning hours will have a bright moon, but one can still observe meteor activity by facing away from the moon, avoiding the bright moonlight from ruining your night vision.

by - Oct 14, 2022 -

Viewing the Orionid Meteor Shower in 2022

Each October the Earth passes through the inbound debris of Halley's Comet to produce the Orionid Meteor Shower. Activity is usually low until mid-month, when we pass closer to the core of these orbits.

by - Oct 12, 2022 -

Meteor Activity Outlook for October 8-14, 2022

During this period, the moon reaches its full phase on Sunday October 9th. At that time the moon will lie opposite the sun and will lie above the horizon all night long. As the week progresses the waning gibbous moon will rise later each evening, allowing a window of opportunity to observe meteor activity in dark skies between dusk and moon rise.

by - Oct 7, 2022 - 3

Meteor Activity Outlook for October 1-7, 2022

During this period, the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Monday October 2nd. At that time the moon will lie 90 degrees east of the sun and will be set between 22:00 and 23:00 local daylight saving time (LDST). As the week progresses the waxing gibbous moon will begin to seriously interfere with meteor observing as it approaches its full phase. This weekend, the morning hours will be free of interfering moonlight.

by - Oct 1, 2022 -

Meteor Activity Outlook for September 24-30, 2022

During this period, the moon reaches its new phase on Sunday September 25th. At that time the moon will lie near the sun and will be invisible at night. As the week progresses the waxing crescent moon will enter the evening sky but will set long before the more active morning hours arrive.

by - Sep 23, 2022 -

Meteor Activity Outlook September 17-23, 2022

During this period, the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Saturday September 17th. At that time the moon will lie 90 degrees west of the sun and will rise between 2300 and midnight. As the week progresses the waning crescent moon will rise later in the morning, providing a longer window of dark skies with each passing night.

by - Sep 16, 2022 - 3

Meteor Activity Outlook September 10-16, 2022

During this period, the moon reaches its full phase on Saturday September 10th. At that time the moon will lie opposite the sun and will lie above the horizon all night long. As the week progresses the waning gibbous moon will rise later in the evening, affording some dark sky meteor viewing between dusk and moon rise.

by - Sep 9, 2022 - 2

Meteor Activity Outlook for September 3-9, 2022

During this period, the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Saturday September 3rd. At that time the moon will lie 90 degrees east of the sun and will set between 23:00 and midnight Local Daylight Saving Time (LDST). As the week progresses the waxing gibbous moon will begin to interfere upon the more active morning hours. Toward the end of the period, the nearly full moon will lie above the horizon most of the night.

by - Sep 2, 2022 - 1