Activity Outlook

Weekly Meteor Activity Outlook articles by Bob Lunsford. Bob gives outlooks to upcoming meteor activity about once a week. He features showers from the working list of meteor showers as well as suspected radiants. Please refer only to the radiants of the Working list of visual meteor showers in observing reports.

Meteor Activity Outlook for August 18-24, 2012

During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Friday August 24th. At this time the moon will be located ninety degrees east of the sun and will set near midnight local daylight time (LDT). This weekend the waxing crescent moon will set during the early evening hours and will not interfere with meteor observing during the more productive morning hours. The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near four for observers located at mid-northern latitudes and three for observers in mid-southern latitudes.

Meteor Activity Outlook for August 11-17, 2012

During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Friday August 17th. At this time the moon will be located near the sun and will not be visible at night. This weekend the waning crescent moon will rise during the early morning hours, giving off some glare in the eastern sky. You can compensate for this by facing away from the moon in another direction where the sky should be largely unspoiled by moonlight. The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near six for observers located at mid-northern latitudes and three for observers in mid-southern latitudes.

Meteor Activity Outlook for July 21-27, 2012

During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Wednesday the 25th. At this time the moon will be located ninety degrees east of the sun and set near midnight local daylight time (LDT). This weekend the waxing crescent moon will set during the late evening hours and will not hamper observing efforts during the more active morning hours. The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near four no matter your location. For morning observers the estimated total hourly rates should be near sixteen from the mid-northern hemisphere and fourteen from the mid-southern hemisphere.

Meteor Activity Outlook for July 14-20, 2012

During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Wednesday the 18th. At this time the moon will be located near the sun and will be invisible at night. This will be the best time of the month to try and view meteor activity as the bright moon will spoil the showers that peak near months end. This weekend the waning crescent moon will rise during the late morning hours and will not hamper observing efforts. The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near four no matter your location.

Meteor Activity Outlook for July 7-13, 2012

During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Wednesday the 11th. At this time the moon will be located ninety degrees east of the sun and will rise near midnight local daylight time (LDT) for observers located in mid-northern latitudes. This weekend the waning gibbous moon will rise during the late evening hours and will severely hamper efforts to view meteor activity the remainder of the night. The moonlight situation improves with each passing night it will not be until late in the week when dark skies are available during the early morning hours.

Meteor Activity Outlook for June 29-July 6, 2012

Meteor season finally gets going in July for the northern hemisphere. The first half of the month will be much like June. After the 15th though, both sporadic and shower rates increase significantly. For observers in the southern hemisphere, sporadic rates will be falling but the overall activity will increase with the arrival of the Delta Aquariids.

During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Tuesday July 3rd. At this time the moon will be located opposite of the sun and will rise as the sun sets and will set as the sun rises.