Author: Robert Lunsford

Meteor Activity Outlook for 24-30 June 2017

During this period the moon will reach its new phase on Friday June 23. At this time the moon will lie near the sun and will not be visible at night. Later in this period the waxing crescent moon will enter the evening sky but will not interfere with meteor observing, especially during the more active morning hours.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 17-23 June 2017

During this period the moon will reach its last quarter phase on Saturday June 17. At this time the half-illuminated moon will rise near 0100 for most observers located at mid-northern latitudes. While these conditions are not perfect, one can still obtain good meteor viewing results simply by viewing in a direction so that the moon lies out of your field of view. Conditions improve with each passing night as the moon wanes and rises later and later.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 10-16 June 2017

During this period the moon’s phase will wane from full down to nearly half illuminated. This will be the worst week of the month to try and view meteor activity as the bright moon remain above the horizon nearly all night long and will obscure all but the brighter meteors.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 3-9 June 2017

During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Friday June 9th. At that time the moon is located opposite the sun and will remain above the horizon all night long. This weekend the waxing gibbous moon will set during the early morning hours allowing a couple of hours of viewing under dark skies before morning twilight arrives.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 27 May – 2 June 2017

During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Thursday June 1st. At that time the moon is located 90 degrees east of the sun and will set between 0100 and 0200, depending on your location. This weekend the waxing crescent moon will be present in the evening sky but will not interfere with meteor observing as it sets shortly after dusk.

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