An Explanation of Why More Meteors Are Generally Seen
During the Morning Hours of the Night

A view of the solar system from above (northern hemisphere of Earth is seen).

(Sizes of the Sun and planets, as well as planetary orbits, are not drawn to scale.)

A skywatcher is more likely to see meteors on the side of the Earth that is moving forward in space. Because the Earth both rotates and orbits the Sun in the same counter clockwise direction as viewed from above, this side is closer to the early morning sky.

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