Meteoric showers

Definitions

  • Meteoric Shower of 1799, November 12
    Meteoric Shower of 1799, November 12
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Meteoric showers periodical exhibitions of shooting stars, occuring about the 9th or 10th of August and 13th of November, more rarely in April and December, and also at some other periods.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Meteoric showers showers of meteors or shooting-stars
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. meteōronmeta, beyond, eōra, anything suspended—aeirein, to lift.

Usage

In literature:

Their short paddles flashed like meteors in the water, and sent up a constant shower of spray.
"The Coral Island a Tale of the Pacific Ocean" by R. M. Ballantyne
The hammer ends split, flew apart, were scattered, were falling showers of sulphurous yellow and scarlet meteors.
"The Metal Monster" by A. Merritt
Now a red-hot solid shot, now a shell, goes capering through the air like a shower of meteors on a frolic.
"History of Kershaw's Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert
The day on which, in a shower of meteors, Jesus appears, the pontificate of Rome ceases.
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
What are meteoric displays but the residue of the primordial showers by which the world was formed?
"Notable Events of the Nineteenth Century" by Various
We have had evidence of the tremendous heat to which the sun's surface would be excited by the downfall of a shower of large meteoric masses.
"Myths and Marvels of Astronomy" by Richard A. Proctor
In that year a brilliant meteoric shower was expected, but the result fell far short of expectation.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
Our meteoric showers generally occur in August, this was on the 15th of September.
"Buchanan's Journal of Man, October 1887" by Various
It has been suggested that the meteors, which fall in showers on to the Sun, replace the heat which is emitted.
"The Beauties of Nature" by Sir John Lubbock
The Leonid meteor shower is, perhaps, the most famous.
"The Astronomy of the Bible" by E. Walter Maunder
Good Lord, they must have headed right into a meteor shower.
"Pirates of the Gorm" by Nat Schachner
Another fact which increases the complexity of the question is the well-established connexion of comets with meteoric showers.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 7" by Various
Leonid meteor shower, 172. perturbations of, 174.
"A Text-Book of Astronomy" by George C. Comstock
Why, then, did this meteoric shower powder Mesopotamia so densely and sprinkle a dust so impalpable over the Sudan?
"The Color Line" by William Benjamin Smith
People of that time were generally uninformed about meteoric showers.
"The Stronghold" by Miriam Haynie
There is little doubt that these fragments formed part of a meteoric shower, although no record exists as to when the fall took place.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 5" by Various
Like a meteoric shower of death, they fell piercing a thousand roofs, and with many a mighty splash bore down into the sea.
"Catastrophe and Social Change" by Samuel Henry Prince
Be this as it may, meteoric showers, so far as known, have always proved harmless in their results.
"Nature and Culture" by Harvey Rice
They are none the worse for passing through a meteoric shower of petty misfortunes.
"The Gentle Reader" by Samuel McChord Crothers
The historic records of all countries contain trustworthy accounts of meteoric showers.
"Astronomy" by David Todd
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In poetry:

So standeth Hope upon her peaks
Amid the avalanch of Life,
Amid the meteor-showers of Death
Watching for Love beyond the strife.
"The Night Watch" by John William Streets

In news:

Meteor showers over North America this weekend.
Geminid meteor shower amazes night-sky watchers.
Streaking meteors should light up the sky tonight during one of the largest meteor showers in years.
Normally, the annual meteor shower generates 60 or more meteors per hour.
The Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight, and with clear skies in our area it should be a good show.
Scientists say it is going to be the best meteor shower of the year with as many as 80 meteors per hour or maybe more.
The 2012 Geminid Meteor Shower will peak over the next few nights with the potential for over 100 meteors per hour.
The 2012 Geminid Meteor Shower could see rates of over 100 meteors per hour.
The Perseid Meteor Shower is going to happen August 12-13.
Eclipse, meteor shower set to visit local skies.
The Geminid meteor shower next week promises to be large and bright NASA says.
The last meteor shower of the year hits Bay Area tonight.
This evening, November 12th, marks the peak of the meteor shower .
This illustration depicts how meteors will streak across the sky Thursday night and Friday morning as part of the annual Geminid meteor shower .
If you can brave the cold weather Tuesday Night will be a great night to enjoy one of the better meteor shower s.
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In science:

It may be possible at the CASA/MIA site to monitor commercial broadcast signals in the 55 - 88 MHz range to detect momentary enhancements associated with large showers, in the same sense that meteor showers produce such enhancements.
Detection of the RF Pulse Associated With Cosmic Ray Air Showers
During the first two years we made mostly visual observations of ma jor showers without plotting the meteors onto the gnomonic star maps.
1996--1998 Polish Visual Meteor Database
Additionally the VMDB contains the data only about meteor showers from the IMO Working List of the Meteor Showers.
1996--1998 Polish Visual Meteor Database
Properties of a number of showers were reported during the year, but we note the converse question (obvious only once someone else asked it) of whether there are any true sporadic meteors, or are they all part of weak showers (Campbell-Brown and Jones 2006, Jones and Jones 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
Neslusan (2005) has predicted meteor showers for all the terrestrial planets, coming from close approaches of comet and asteroid orbits.
Astrophysics in 2006
On the statistical side Sekanina and Chodos (2005) provide a comprehensive introduction to groups of comets that have come from fragmentations, some of which are also traced by meteor showers.
Astrophysics in 2006
If the Earth were to pass through a massive stream of this kind, a significant fraction of detector events could correspond to dark matter particles with very similar (vector) velocities, just as the meteors in a shower all appear to radiate from the same point on the sky.
Dark matter and cosmic structure
Suppose it must be used to identify straight light tracks, produced by a moving point-like light source in the night sky, for instance to observe meteors, airplanes or extensive air-showers produced by cosmic radiation4 .
Least-squares fit to a straight line when each variable contains all equal errors
New additional material of meteor showers during 9th -19th centuries in the Islamic history.
New additional material of meteor showers during 9th -19th centuries in the Islamic history
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