Virginid meteors

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A meteor shower, producing low rates (ZHR around 5) from various radiants around the ecliptic in Virgo throughout March and April. Several maxima occur, with the main one perhaps around April 12, from radiants at RA 14 h 04 m, dec. −9° (east of the Virgo bowl) and RA 13 h 36 m, dec. −11° (close to Spica). Virginid meteors are slow, often long, and sometimes bright. The Virginids are part of a continuous flux of activity from around the ecliptic known as the anthelion radiant, extending to the Ophiuchids and Alpha Scorpiids in May and June.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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