The June Bootids meteor shower takes place within the boundaries constellation of Bootes. The meteor shower occurs between June 27-July 5 with the peak occurring on the Jun. 28/29 every year.
The Solar Longitude (Abbrev: S.L., λ ☉) is 96.3 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 7P/Pons-Winnecke. The coordinates can also be determined by the Right Ascension (222.9) and the Declination (47.9).
The Zenith Hourly Rate or how many you expect to see during the hour is Var. The ZHR can radically increase if the comet or associated object is close by. The speed/velocity of the Meteor Shower particles is 14 km/s. The population index of the meteor shower is 2. 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, faint meteors are more frequent.
The shower takes place in roughly the same place that the earlier Quadrantids take place. The Quadrantids is the first major meteor shower of the year where about 100 meteors have been observed at a time. It should be said, not all of them will be bright.
The constellation is more of a northern hemisphere constellation so will be easier to spot than in the south. The meteor shower can be observed after it gets dark so roughly after 10 p.m. until about 4 a.m. the next day when the Sun appears and then blocks out the streams.
It is not easy to see the June Bootids in the southern hemisphere. The meteor shower appears from about 7 p.m to about 11 p.m. Not much time to observe. If you wish to try to look, look in a northerly direction to see the meteor shower. The meteor shower will appear below the constellation so whilst the constellation is visible for a while, the meteor shower. For the picture, turn it upside down to see where to look for the meteor shower radiant point.
|Closest Star to Radiant Point||Nekkar|
|Peak Activity Date||Jun. 28/29|
|Activity Period||June 27-July 5|
|Solar Longitude / λ ☉||96.3 °|
|Zenith Hourly Rate||Var|
The image showing the location of June Bootids was generated using the free application Night Vision.
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