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meteor shower

n.
A large number of meteors that appear over a period of hours or days and seem to come from the same direction in the sky.

meteor shower

n
(Astronomy) a transient rain of meteors, such as the Perseids, occurring at regular intervals and coming from a particular region in the sky. It is caused by the earth passing through a large number of meteoroids (a meteor swarm)

me′teor show`er


n.
the profusion of meteors observed when the earth passes through a swarm of meteors.
[1875–80]
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Noun1.meteor shower - a transient shower of meteors when a meteor swarm enters the earth's atmospheremeteor shower - a transient shower of meteors when a meteor swarm enters the earth's atmosphere
atmospheric phenomenon - a physical phenomenon associated with the atmosphere
shooting star, meteor - 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
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meteor shower

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JULY 29, ARIZONA Early in the morning, the dust tracks of comets Marsden and Kracht rain down for the annual Delta Aquarids meteor shower, which travelers can view between 10 p.
The Eta Aquarids are active on the 5th and 6th of May, but only a few meteors per hour occur with this shower, and those will be obscured by the bright, gibbous moon.
Merseyside skies will also play host to a series of meteor showers over the next few months including the Lyrids Meteor Shower (April 22-23), Eta (May 6-7) and Delta Aquarids (July 28-29).
The second to last major meteor shower of the summer season is set to dazzle the skies this week, with the most notable and visible bright streaks of the Delta Aquarids arriving Thursday and Friday evening.
KUWAIT, July 26 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's sky will be illuminated by a strong Delta Aquarids meteor shower on Thursday, announced the Administration of Space Science and Astronomy of the Kuwait Science Club (KSC), with about 15 to 20 meteors falling per hour.
However, the Eta Aquarids meteor shower will have about 30 meteors per hour on May 6 and 7, and the sky is expected to be fairly dark because of the new moon.
Vicente Malano, the Southern Delta Aquarids meteor shower will be observed from July 28 to 31.
The Delta Aquarids, Piscis Australids, Alpha Capricornids, Iota Aquarids and the rise to maximum and peak of the Perseids may all be observed under dark skies.
Two much weaker showers are also active at this time of year, the Delta Aquarids and Kappa Cygnids.
The Southern Delta Aquarids meteor shower will be best observed across Philippine skies from July 28 to 31, with the spectacle expected to peak before midnight and onward on July 30, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.
It's quite likely to be part of the Eta Aquarids, which is the debris left by Halley's Comet.