• Meteoric Shower of 1799, November 12
    Meteoric Shower of 1799, November 12
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Meteorize To ascend in vapors; to take the form of a meteor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A meteor has only destroyed one satellite, which was the European Space Agency's Olympus in 1993.
    • meteorize To take the form of a meteor; ascend in vapors.
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  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “Great people are meteors designed to burn so that the earth may be lighted.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Men of genius are often dull and inert in society; as the blazing meteor, when it descends to earth, is only a stone.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. to raise to a height


In literature:

In storms, and more especially in the meteors of snow, sea and night end by melting into amalgamation, resolving into nothing but a smoke.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
The description given of this star is similar to that of a large burning meteor, such as we frequently see shooting athwart the heavens.
"The Revelation Explained" by F. Smith
On the 26th, at night, we saw a meteor of uncommon brightness in the N.N.W.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 14" by Robert Kerr
Every hour saw the flight of meteors, and their trains, golden argosies of the sky, faded slowly from the dark-blue depths.
"Sir Mortimer" by Mary Johnston
Ah, wretched meteor Of empty hope!
"The Death of Balder" by Johannes Ewald
We were simply insignificant meteors passing hastily in their midst.
"The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912" by Lillie DeHegermann-Lindencrone
The rise of Larkin was almost meteoric.
"Ireland Since Parnell" by Daniel Desmond Sheehan
At sight of every shooting meteor, Julia clung almost convulsively to August.
"The End Of The World" by Edward Eggleston
The thoughts of former years glide over my soul, like swift-shooting meteors over Ardven's gloomy vales.
"English Grammar in Familiar Lectures" by Samuel Kirkham
Tout roc nud est attaque par l'air et les meteores, et il tend a se detruire quelle que soit sa durete.
"Theory of the Earth, Volume 2 (of 4)" by James Hutton
I was suddenly bowled over, thrown to the ground, as if by a sort of meteor.
"Atlantida" by Pierre Benoit
These are the comets and meteors of the literary heavens.
"Platform Monologues" by T. G. Tucker
Say "Money" three times at sight of a meteor, and you'll get it, or wish and you'll get it.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
Then he looked at the distance recorded on the meteor detector.
"Islands of Space" by John W Campbell
Who had not heard of Black Jack, his spectacular poker plays, his meteoric rise, his theatric display?
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
The Meteor is a snug ship, well found, well manned, and, as the times go, well officered.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866" by Various
When one falls a mile in a one point five gravity, it's traveling like a meteor.
"Space Prison" by Tom Godwin
Let it end with a flash of light, a roar, and a meteor striking nearby.
"Question of Comfort" by Les Collins
In the full blaze of day came a meteor that swept to the earth in an arc of fire to outshine the sun.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
They would grow larger, come hurtling on like racing meteors in the sun's glow.
"The Revolt of the Star Men" by Raymond Gallun

In poetry:

So dreamt thy sons on worlds destroyed
Whose dust allures our careless eyes,
As, lit at last on alien skies,
The meteor melts athwart the void.
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
We parted—I remain'd alone
Where meteor-lights around me played,
And my mind took that heartless tone,
Which pain too soon to thine convey'd.
"To ---- ------" by Eliza Acton
The meteor that rapidly flies,
That darts thro' the regions of night,
Is an emblem of life's transient joys,
Which equal the speed of its flight.
"Absence" by Elizabeth Bath
"Oft o'er the darkness of my mind,
Some meteor thought has glanced at will,
'Twas bright,—but ever have I sigh'd
To find a fancy brighter still.
"Fragment" by Margaret Davidson
She followed the fiend to the church door,
There stood a black horse there,
His breath was red like furnace smoke,
His eyes like a meteor's glare.
"A Ballad, Shewing How An Old Woman Rode Double, And Who Rode Before Her" by Robert Southey
"The same rich wreath was on thy brow,
"Dazzling as if of starlight made;
"And these wings, lying darkly now,
"Like meteors round thee flasht and played.
"The Loves of the Angels" by Thomas Moore

In news:

The Leonids are a yearly meteor display of shooting stars that appear to radiate out of the constellation Leo.
Clear skies last night allowed for great viewing of the Leonid meteor shower.
The meteor shower peaked last night, but you should still be able to see a few more tonight.
After midnight, astronomy experts say, you might be able to see four or five meteors every hour, the report said.
( The week ahead promises to be a perfect time to observe meteors.
The meteor and the mandala .
Maybe a giant meteor will destroy life on Earth after some of us migrate to Mars.
Penn State's meteoric rise rolls on in Iowa.
From $10M To $100M--The Steps To Meteoric Business Success.
Pinterest, Instagram continue meteoric growth.
Skywatchers around the world are in for a treat tonight, as the annual Geminid meteor shower is poised to put on a spectacular show.
Professional observers say streaking fireballs lighting up California skies and stunning stargazers are part of a major meteor shower, and the show is just getting started.
Meteor over the Bay-Area (Photo: Instagram user DHawk_19).
In many ways, Thursday night's peak of the Geminid meteor shower will rock.
False-color image of a 2011 Geminid meteor, captured by a camera at New Mexico State University, operated by the NASA Meteoroid Environment Office in Huntsville, Ala.

In science:

The solution to the problem is to publish a full database containing all quantities describing a meteor event including its equatorial coordinates and angular velocity.
1996--1998 Polish Visual Meteor Database
Table 2 shows a list of the CMW observers with their effective observing time and number of meteors plotted in each of years 1996-1998.
1996--1998 Polish Visual Meteor Database
The files coor96.txt, coor97.txt and coor98.txt contain data for each observed meteor such as the date of appearance, serial number of meteor, its magnitude, its angular velocity (in scale from A to F ), time of appearance, equatorial coordinates of beginning and end, IMO code of the observer and three letter code.
1996--1998 Polish Visual Meteor Database
Three letter code shown in the last column of coor9?.txt file is used for connecting each meteor with the information about the observation stored in the head9?.txt file.
1996--1998 Polish Visual Meteor Database
The time of appearance of a meteor, when it is not given exactly in the report form, is assumed as the middle time of each observing period.
1996--1998 Polish Visual Meteor Database
We have presented the summary of the 1996-1998 visual observations made by the Polish Comets and Meteors Workshop.
1996--1998 Polish Visual Meteor Database
International Meteor Conference St´ar´a Lesn´a, Slovakia, ed. R.
1996--1998 Polish Visual Meteor Database
Table 2: Total effective observing time in hours (Teff ) and number of meteors plotted (N ) per observer in years 1996-1998.
1996--1998 Polish Visual Meteor Database
The first precursor marked the meteor trail (with a brightening timescale of order H/v ∼ 1s).
The world according to the Hubble Space Telescope
Thus the meteor danger should not prohibit the use of kilometerlong wires.
Motivation and possibilities of affordable low-frequency radio interferometry in space
Over the subsequent years, it has been used to investigate a wide range of astronomical problems including galaxy formation, star formation, stellar collisions, supernova explosions, and meteor impacts (see Monaghan 1992, for a review).
Smoothed particle hydrodynamics with radiative transfer in the flux-limited diffusion approximation
Tunguska genetic anomaly and electrophonic meteors.
Mirror particles and mirror matter: 50 years of speculation and search
We attempt also to bring you updates on things of which there is currently only one (habitable planets, the Sun, and the universe) and others of which there are always many, like meteors and molecules, black holes and binaries.
Astrophysics in 2006
Radioactive decay ages are based on the radioactive isotopes of 235U in lunar and meteoric rocks.
Furthermore, the well known Lithium deficit in the photosphere –a factor one hundred below the meteoric abundance– in not yet understood.
Helioseismology, solar models and solar neutrinos