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Daytime Beta Taurids Meteor Shower

When and where does the Daytime Beta Taurids Meteor Shower Occur

The Daytime Beta Taurids  meteor shower takes place within the boundaries constellation of Taurus. The meteor shower occurs between 5 Jun- 17 Jul with the peak occurring on the 28-Jun every year.

The Solar Longitude (Abbrev: S.L., λ ☉) is 93.5 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 source of the meteor shower is Comet 2P/Encke. The closest star to the radiant point of the meteor shower is Elnath. The coordinates can also be determined by the Right Ascension (82) and the Declination (20).

Zenith Hourly Rate

The Zenith Hourly Rate or how many you expect to see during the hour is 10. The ZHR can radically increase if the comet or associated object is close by. The speed/velocity of the Meteor Shower particles is 27 km/s.

How and When to see the Beta Taurids

The Beta Taurids are going to be hard to see because they appear when the Sun is full on. The star, Elnath appears on the horizon at about 4 a.m. just before the Sun arrives so you may be lucky to catch a meteor at that time. You may be lucky also about 8 p.m. when the Sun is setting as the associated star is just above the horizon. The star first appears in a north-easterly direction and "leads" the Sun across the sky before dipping below in a north-westerly direction.

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Daytime Beta Taurids Meteor Shower Facts

Associated Comet2P/Encke
Closest Star to Radiant PointElnath
Peak Activity Date28-Jun
Activity Period5 Jun- 17 Jul
Right Ascension82
Solar Longitude / λ ☉93.5 °
Zenith Hourly Rate10
Semi-Major Axis1.6600

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