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Meteor Activity Outlook for 18-24 February 2017

During this period the moon starts out just slightly less than half illuminated and wanes down to a thin sliver, rising just before the sun. This weekend the moon rises near 0100 as seen from mid-northern latitudes. It’s nearly half illuminated and still bright but it does not possess the overpowering effect on faint objects that the full moon does. One can hold successful meteor viewing sessions this week by simply facing away from the moon toward darker portions of the sky. You can also view before the moon rises but February evenings are dreadfully slow as seen from the northern hemisphere.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 11-17 February 2017

During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Saturday, February 11. This weekend the bright moon will make meteor observing extremely difficult as all but the brighter meteors will be obscured by the lunar glare. Toward the end of the period there will be several hours of dark skies available between the end of dusk and moonrise during the evening hours.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 4-10 February 2017

During this period the moon waxes from half illuminated to nearly full. This weekend the half-illuminated moon will set near 0200, allowing the remainder of the morning to be moon-free and prime time for meteor observing. This window of dark sky shrinks with each passing night until the moon lies above the horizon all night long at the end of the period.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 28 January-3 February 2017

During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Saturday January 28th. At this time the moon will be invisible in the night sky and will not hinder meteor observers at all. Later the in the period the waxing crescent moon will enter the evening sky but will set long before the more active morning hours arrive.

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