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Northern Taurids Meteor Shower

The Northern Taurids meteor shower takes place within the boundaries constellation of the Taurus. The meteor showers occurs between Oct 12-Dec 2 with the peak occuring on the Nov. 4-7 every year.

The Solar Longitude (Abbrev: S.L., λ ☉) is 220 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 2P/Encke. The coordinates can also be determined by the Right Ascension (48.9) and the Declination (20.7).

The Zenith Hourly Rate or how many you expect to see during the hour is 5. The ZHR can radically increase if the comet or associated object is close by. The speed/velocity of the Meteor Shower particles is 28 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.

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Northern Taurids Meteor Shower Facts


CodeNTA
ConstellationTaurus
Associated Comet2P/Encke
Max Activity Date12 Nov
Population Index2
Activity PeriodOct 12-Dec 2
Right Ascension48.9
Declination20.7
Solar Longitude / λ ☉220 °
Speed/Velocity28
Zenith Hourly Rate5
Semi-Major Axis2.1300
Perihelion0.3550
Longitude220.6000
Eccentricity0.8290
Inclination3.0000


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