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Coma Berenicids Meteor Shower

When and where does the Coma Berenicids Meteor Shower Occur

The Coma Berenicids  meteor shower takes place within the boundaries constellation of Coma Berenices. The meteor shower occurs between Dec 8-Jan 23 with the peak occurring on the Dec. 18-Jan. 6 every year.

The Solar Longitude (Abbrev: S.L., λ ☉) is 278 degrees, this value is the the date of maximum activity. It is measured as a degree with zero degree indicating spring equinox (roughly March 21st/22nd). 90 is the Summer Solstice, 180 is the Autumn Equinox and 270 is the Winter Solstice. This degree is independent of the calender. AMS .

The coordinates can also be determined by the Right Ascension (170) and the Declination (26).

Zenith Hourly Rate

The Zenith Hourly Rate or how many you expect to see during the hour is 5. The ZHR can radically increase if the comet or associated object is close by. The speed/velocity of the Meteor Shower particles is 65 km/s. The population index of the meteor shower is 3. The population index refers to the magnitude distribution of the meteorites, the smaller the index, the brighter the meteors are, the higher, the dimmer the meteors are. For this particular meteor shower, bright meteors are more frequent.

If you exclude the Quantratids which are mainly in January then the Coma Berenicids is the last meteor shower of the year. It is a minor meteor shower and not something that will excite anything but the most ardent of meteor watchers. As for the source of the meteor shower, it is not known. Given the fact that they are in roughly the same patch of the sky as the Delta-Leonids, it can't be ruled out that they are from the same source.

Recent and Forthcoming Meteor Showers :-

Coma Berenicids Meteor Shower Facts

ConstellationComa Berenices
Peak Activity DateDec. 18-Jan. 6
Population Index3
Activity PeriodDec 8-Jan 23
Right Ascension170
Solar Longitude / λ ☉278 °
Zenith Hourly Rate5

Location of the Radiant Point for the Coma Berenicids Meteor Shower

Map showing the location of where the Coma Berenicids radiate from within Coma Berenices

The image showing the location of Coma Berenicids was generated using the free application Night Vision.

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