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Epsilon Geminids Meteor Shower

The Epsilon Geminids meteor shower takes place within the boundaries constellation of Gemini. The meteor shower occurs between Oct 14 - Oct 27 with the peak occuring on the Oct 18 every year.

The Solar Longitude (Abbrev: S.L., λ ☉) is 198 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 .

Compared to the Geminids which occur in December, this meteor shower is more low key. It has a low rate of about one or two, not the type of meteor shower you should be looking out for if its cold where you are, there are better showers to look out for such as the "sister" shower in December. The radiant point is situated near Mebsuta, also known as Epsilon Gemini which gives the meteor shower it name. The star is the large spot in the crotch of the nearest twin.

The closest star to the radiant point of the meteor shower is Mebsuta. The coordinates can also be determined by the Right Ascension (93.8) and the Declination (28.1).

The Zenith Hourly Rate or how many you expect to see during the hour is 2. The ZHR can radically increase if the comet or associated object is close by. The speed/velocity of the Meteor Shower particles is 70 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.

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Epsilon Geminids Meteor Shower Facts

Closest Star to Radiant PointMebsuta
Max Activity Date18 Oct
Population Index3
Activity PeriodOct 14 - Oct 27
Right Ascension93.8
Solar Longitude / λ ☉198 °
Zenith Hourly Rate2
Semi-Major Axis11.3000

Location of the Radiant Point for the Epsilon Geminids Meteor Shower

Map showing the location of where the Epsilon Geminids radiate from within Gemini

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