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Octantids Meteor Shower

When and where does the Octantids Meteor Shower Occur

The Octantids  meteor shower takes place within the boundaries constellation of Octans. The Solar Longitude (Abbrev: S.L., λ ☉) is 26 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 Asteroid 2015 TT178. The coordinates can also be determined by the Right Ascension (294.1) and the Declination (-77.4).

The speed/velocity of the Meteor Shower particles is 32 km/s.

How to Find and View the Octantids

Southern Hemisphere

The constellation can only be viewed in the southern hemisphere which is why there is only a Southern Hemisphere information. The more south you are, the more likely you are to see it. The Octans are the southern most constellation, containing the Sigma Octantis/Polaris Australis star.

Recent and Forthcoming Meteor Showers :-

Octantids Meteor Shower Facts

Associated Asteroid2015 TT178
Peak Activity Date29th April
Right Ascension294.1
Solar Longitude / λ ☉26 °
Semi-Major Axis0.9700

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