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Delta Aurigids Meteor Shower

When and where does the Delta Aurigids Meteor Shower Occur

The Delta Aurigids  meteor shower takes place within the boundaries constellation of Auriga. The meteor shower occurs between Sep 18 - Oct 10 with the peak occurring on the Sep 29 every year.

The Solar Longitude (Abbrev: S.L., λ ☉) is 186 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 (82) and the Declination (49).

Zenith Hourly Rate

The Zenith Hourly Rate or how many you expect to see during the hour is 3. The ZHR can radically increase if the comet or associated object is close by. The speed/velocity of the Meteor Shower particles is 64 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.

Delta Aurigids are a minor annual meteor shower. The source of the meteors is unknown and it has a low rate of hits which could imply that the source is a long period comet and therefore its not been been here for some time as the meteors debris is getting fewer and fewer.

How to see the Delta Aurigids

Northern Hemisphere

The northern hemisphere represents the best time to see the meteor shower. You will be able to see the shower from after dark about 8 p.m. in a north-easterly direction. Over the course of the night, the radiant point will rise higher into the sky.

Southern Hemisphere

In the southern hemisphere, it is hard to see the constellation and therefore the meteor shower. If we assume we are in Sydney, Australia, the associated star is not visible in the sky until the early hours, we're talking three/four o'clock in the morning. You should look in a northerly direction. The more north in the southern hemisphere you are, the better the chances of seeing it.

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Delta Aurigids Meteor Shower Facts

Closest Star to Radiant PointDelta Aurigae
Peak Activity DateSep 29
Population Index3
Activity PeriodSep 18 - Oct 10
Right Ascension82
Solar Longitude / λ ☉186 °
Zenith Hourly Rate3

Location of the Radiant Point for the Delta Aurigids Meteor Shower

Map showing the location of where the Delta Aurigids radiate from within Auriga

The image showing the location of Delta Aurigids was generated using the free application Night Vision.

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