Kiruna meteor excursions

Excursions to combine aurora borealis and meteors

Beginning with season 2016-2017 we are proud to invite you to a series of natural selected events in Kiruna that come along with our scheduled aurora borealis tours: Our Kiruna meteor shower nights excursions !

Many times a year, hundreds of celestial fireballs light up the night skies. They may be called shooting stars, but they don't really have anything to do with stars. These small space particles are meteoroidsand they are literally celestial debris. Whenever a meteoroid enters the atmosphere of the Earth, it generates a flash of light called a meteor, or "shooting star." High temperatures caused by friction between the meteoroid and gases in the Earth’s atmosphere heats the meteoroid to the point where it starts glowing. It is this glow that makes the meteoroid visible from the surface of the Earth.

Meteoroids generally glow for a very short period of time - they tend to burn up before hitting the surface of the Earth. If a meteoroid does not disintegrate while passing through Earth’s atmosphere and hits the Earth’s surface, it is known as a Meteorite. Meteorites are thought to originate from the asteroid belt, though some meteorite debris has been identified as belonging to the Moon and Mars. Sometimes, meteors occur in clusters known as a meteor shower. Meteor showers occur when a comet comes close to the sun and produces debris - meteoroids - that spread around the comet’s orbit. Anytime the Earth’s and the comets orbit coincide, the Earth experiences a meteor shower.Since meteoroids that create a meteor shower all move on a parallel path, and at the same velocity, they seem to originate from a single point in the sky to observers on Earth. This point is known as the radiant. By convention, meteor showers, especially the regular ones are named after the constellation that the radiant lies in. While meteors can occur at any time of the year, some meteor showers occur at the same time every year. Some of the more famous meteor showers have been observed by humans for hundreds and thousands of years. We welcome you to join us on the following dates to enjoy an impressive light show and shooting stars. May your wishes come true !

The Draconid meteor shower - Oct. 7th / 8th

The Draconid meteor shower, also sometimes known as the Giacobinids, is one of the two meteor showers to annually grace the skies in October. The Draconids owe their name to the constellation Draco the Dragon, and are created when the Earth passes through the dust debris left by comet 21 P/ Giacobini-Zinner. The comet takes about 6.6 years to make a single revolution around the Sun. The Draconids have been responsible for some of the most spectacular meteor showers in recorded history!

Orionids - Oct. 19th-20th

The Orionid meteor shower, which is also associated with debris from Halley’s comet, occurs every October, peaking around October 20th. The name of this shower comes from the constellation Orion.

Leonids - Nov. 16th-17th

Leonids occur during the month of November, usually peaking around mid-November. It is associated with the comet Tempel-Tuttle and is named after the constellation, Leo.

Geminids - Dec. 12th-13th

The Geminids owes their name to the constellation Gemini and are the only major meteor shower not associated with a comet, but with an asteroid

Quadrantids - Jan. 3rd-4th

is the first meteor shower of every year, usually occurring between the last week of December, and January 12. It peaks around January 3 and January 4 and is best seen from the Northern Hemisphere. The radiant point for the Quadrantids lies in the constellation Boötes, close to the Big Dipper.Quadrantids

How to book the meteor excursions ...

Very simple: We want you to see the meteor nights as an optional gift from space ! Just book any of our tours marked with "DARK SKY" for the related date and you'll be in.