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Meteor Activity Outlook for 20-26 May 2017

During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Thursday May 25th. At that time the moon is located near the sun and is invisible at night. This weekend the waning crescent moon will rise during the early morning hours and will not interfere with meteor observing as long as one keeps the moon out of their field of view.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 13-19 May 2017

During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Thursday May 18th. At that time the moon is located 90 degrees west of the sun and rises between 0100 and 0200 local summer time (LST). This weekend the waning gibbous moon will rise during the early evening hours and will make viewing meteor activity difficult as the bright moonlight will obscure all but the brighter meteors.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 6-12 May 2017

During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Wednesday May 10th. At this time the moon is located opposite the sun and remains above the horizon all night long. This weekend the waxing gibbous moon will set near the start of dawn, allowing a very short peek at the morning activity under dark skies.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 29 April-5 May 2017

During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Tuesday May 2nd. At this time the half illuminated moon is located 90 degrees east of the sun and sets near 0200 local summer time (LST) as seen from mid-northern latitudes. This weekend the waxing crescent moon will interfere with meteor observations during the evening hours but will have set by the time midnight arrives. This will allow good meteor viewing conditions for the remainder of the night.

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