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 Comet 2004 TG10. 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.
Although called the Northern Taurids, it doesn't mean that the meteor shower is for the Northern Hemisphere, it just means that it is more north of the two meteor showers. The related meteor shower is the Southern Taurids which occur at the same time. Both meteor showers have different sources but are roughly located in the same location of night sky.
As you will probably notice that the radiant point is in the borders of neighbouring Aries but is referred to as the Northern rather than the Novermber Arietids.
A hint to where to look is to spot where Orion is holding his shield and see which way he is pointing. Taurus appears in the night sky so this hint wll only work latter in the night when both constellations are visible.
The meteor shower can be seen shortly after it gets dark in an easterly direction. It will be visible in the night sky until Sun light blocks it when it rises. The radiant point will move in a south and then west direction.
The meteor shower will appear about 9 p.m. in the evening in a north-easterly direction where it will then move across the sky. It will not reach very high in the sky but will be low down. It should be visible until it gets light when Sun light will block it out.
|Associated Comet||2004 TG10|
|Peak Activity Date||Nov. 4-7|
|Activity Period||Oct 12-Dec 2|
|Solar Longitude / λ ☉||220 °|
|Zenith Hourly Rate||5|
The image showing the location of Northern Taurids was generated using the free application Stellarium.
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