Meteoric showers


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


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

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.

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