The Monocerotids meteor shower takes place within the boundaries constellation of the Monoceros. The meteor showers occurs between Nov 27 - Dec 17 with the peak occuring on the Dec 09 every year The Solar Longitude, mistakenly known as Lambda Omicron is 257 degrees. This value sometimes expressed as S.L. or λ ☉ 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 Zeta Monocerotis. The coordinates can also be determined by the Right Ascension (100) and the Declination (8).
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 42 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.
|Closest Star to Radiant Point||Zeta Monocerotis|
|Max Activity Date||09 Dec|
|Activity Period||Nov 27 - Dec 17|
|Solar Longitude / λ ☉||257 °|
|Zenith Hourly Rate||2|