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Meteor Watching – Does this ring true?

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Meteor Watching – Does this ring true?

I was reading a book on Navigation and came across the following statement:-
“You are more likely to see shooting stars after midnight than before, because this is when ‘your’ part of the earth is facing ‘forwards’ as earth moves in its orbit around the sun……Think of how many raindrops hit the front windscreen of your car than the rear window"
I cannot see that it would make much difference, the car analogy does not seem correct.
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Re: Meteor Watching – Does this ring true?

I would assume that after midnight your part of the earth is facing away from the sun while gravity will be drawing space debris towards the sun.
So I would have thought the "You are more likely to see shooting stars after midnight" part rings true.
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