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Southern Taurids Meteor Shower

The Southern Taurids meteor shower takes place within the boundaries constellation of Taurus. The meteor showers occurs between Sept 17-Nov 27 with the peak occuring on the Oct. 30-Nov. 7 every year.

The Solar Longitude (Abbrev: S.L., λ ☉) is 216 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 closest star to the radiant point of the meteor shower is Ushakaron. The coordinates can also be determined by the Right Ascension (47.9) and the Declination (12.8).

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 27 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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Southern Taurids Meteor Shower Facts

Associated Comet2P/Encke
Closest Star to Radiant PointUshakaron
Max Activity Date05 Nov
Population Index2
Activity PeriodSept 17-Nov 27
Right Ascension47.9
Solar Longitude / λ ☉216 °
Zenith Hourly Rate5
Semi-Major Axis1.9500

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