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Kappa Serpentids Meteor Shower

The Kappa Serpentids meteor shower takes place within the boundaries constellation of Serpens. The meteor showers occurs between 1 Apr- 7 Apr with the peak occuring on the 05-Apr every year.

The Solar Longitude (Abbrev: S.L., λ ☉) is 20 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 closest star to the radiant point of the meteor shower is Kappa Serpentis. The coordinates can also be determined by the Right Ascension (240.2) and the Declination (16.8).

The Zenith Hourly Rate or how many you expect to see during the hour is 4. The ZHR can radically increase if the comet or associated object is close by. The speed/velocity of the Meteor Shower particles is 47 km/s.

Recent and Forthcoming Meteor Showers :-

Kappa Serpentids Meteor Shower Facts

Closest Star to Radiant PointKappa Serpentis
Max Activity Date05 Apr
Activity Period1 Apr- 7 Apr
Right Ascension240.2
Solar Longitude / λ ☉20 °
Zenith Hourly Rate4
Semi-Major Axis7.9000

Location of the Radiant Point for the Kappa Serpentids Meteor Shower

Map showing the location of where the Kappa Serpentids radiate from within Serpens

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Brian MarshSunday, 9th April 2017 5:13:58 AM
Can these be seen in Northern New York USA