meteor meteor  /ˈmi ti ər/


  1. (n) (astronomy) any of the small solid extraterrestrial bodies that hits the earth's atmosphere
  2. (n) a streak of light in the sky at night that results when a meteoroid hits the earth's atmosphere and air friction causes the meteoroid to melt or vaporize or explode



  1. When a meteoreven if it is no bigger than a grain of sandhits the earth's atmosphere, it leaves a long trail of ionized particles 60 miles up.
  2. Air friction turns the outside of the meteor white-hot while the inside remains cold.
  3. If the meteor had wrecked the plane and killed the occupants, it would have been the first incontrovertible instance of such hail from outer space causing loss of human life.


  1. Mystery meteor shower disappoints skywatchers, but wait till next year

    Skywatchers were hoping for a fireworks show from the Gamma Delphinid meteor shower early Tuesday, but what they got were merely a few snaps, crackles and pops. That's not totally surprising, because some experts said in advance they weren't sure whether the meteor shower actually existed."I think it exists," Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office told NBC News, "but there was ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: NBC NEWS

  2. Gamma Delphinids meteor shower: Back tonight, after 83 years? (+video)

    Gamma Delphinids: A rare meteor shower not seen since 1930 is expected to burst onto our skies late Tuesday night. When and where to watch the gamma Delphinds
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Christian Science Monitor

  3. Meteor shower may be visible early Tuesday

    A repeat of a flurry of meteor activity in 1930 may occur Tuesday morning, according to The American Meteor Society. “On the evening of June 11, 1930, three members of the AMS reported that they observed a flurry of meteor activity” in Maryland, states a release from the AMS. “Peter Jenniskens, in his study of outbursts from long-period comets, has proposed that the 1930 event was real and may ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: WHIO-TV 7 Dayton


  1. "We opened Northern Meteor up at $2.35 and the punters stepped straight in and backed him into $2," TAB Sportsbet's Glenn Munsie said. "When you have a look at the race you usually want to risk horses having their first go up the straight at...
    on Oct 30, 2008 By: Glenn Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  2. "The crisis was not caused by the impact of a meteor or the explosion of a volcano. Rather it was caused by a failure to anticipate quite obvious risks - by 'irrational exuberance' at the prospects for profits, if one bought into the concept of an...
    on Aug 20, 2008 By: Robert Shiller Source: McClatchy Washington Bureau

  3. "I saw what looked like an orange meteor busting through the roof ...... a half moon of orange glow," said City Councilman Tom LaBonge, who was hiking near the Griffith Park Observatory.
    on Apr 30, 2008 By: Tom LaBonge Source: Press-Enterprise

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