The Pi Cetids meteor shower takes place within the boundaries constellation of Cetus. The meteor shower occurs between 16 Jun- 4 Jul with the peak occurring on the 26-Jun every year.
The Solar Longitude (Abbrev: S.L., λ ☉) is 95 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 Pi Ceti. The coordinates can also be determined by the Right Ascension (24.1) and the Declination (-11.7).
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 67 km/s.
For the northern hemisphere, the Pi-Cetids are a daytime meteor shower and as such, they are going to be very hard to see because of the Sun. The best time is probably as easy as possible when the Sun is just rising about 5 a.m. Pi Ceti will just be appearing on the horizon. The Pi-Cetids will be at their highest at 9 a.m. before heading back down and disappearing below the horizon by about 1 p.m.
If you are situated in the southern hemisphere, you will have the better chance to see the meteor shower as it starts earlier than it does in the northern hemisphere. The Pi-Cetids start from about 2 a.m. in the morning when it is dark and should be visible until about 2 p.m. the same time as the northern hemisphere.
You need to look in a South-Easterly direction to start with. As the morning progressing, the meteor shower will move towards south first then towards the south west compass point.
|Associated Asteroid||C/1874 G1 (Winnecke)?|
|Closest Star to Radiant Point||Pi Ceti|
|Peak Activity Date||26-Jun|
|Activity Period||16 Jun- 4 Jul|
|Solar Longitude / λ ☉||95 °|
|Zenith Hourly Rate||4|
The image showing the location of Pi Cetids was generated using the free application Night Vision.
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