Observe meteor showers after midnight

This is the reason why it is best to observe meteor showers after midnight:

Many more meteors are likely to be seen after midnight than before, because it is then that Earth’s rotation – counterclockwise, as seen from above the North Pole – carries us onto the side of the planet that faces in the direction of Earth’s orbital motion. The Earth picks up more meteors on its leading than on its trailing side, for the same reason that a car speeding through the rain gets wetter on its windshield that on its rear window. – Timothy Ferris, Seeing in the Dark

~ by Stella's Gaze on February 10, 2013.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: