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falling star

n.
See meteor.

falling star

n
(Astronomy) an informal name for meteor

fall′ing star′


n.
a meteor; shooting star.
[1555–65]

falling star

- Another name for meteor or shooting star.
See also related terms for meteor.
Translations

falling star

nstella cadente
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Wordsworth is always exulting in the fulness of Nature, Shelley is always chasing its falling stars.'
The next fortnight was a period of many alternations; my existence during its lapse resembled a sky of one of those autumnal nights which are specially haunted by meteors and falling stars. Hopes and fears, expectations and disappointments, descended in glancing showers from zenith to horizon; but all were transient, and darkness followed swift each vanishing apparition.
Then came the night of the first falling star. It was seen early in the morning, rushing over Winchester eastward, a line of flame high in the atmosphere.
"All mine!" He struck the deck with his long staff; the gold head flashed like a falling star; very close behind him a silent old fellow in a richly embroidered black jacket alone of all the Malays around did not follow the masterful gesture with a look.
A burst of laughter replied to this volley; then the arm of the giant swung round; then was seen whirling through the air, like a falling star, the train of fire.
It caught the falling star and drove it on towards me, a rushing globe of fire, and as it came the star grew and took shape, and the shape it took was the shape of a woman.
Now as Little John stepped blithely along, thinking of nothing but of such things as the sweetness of the hawthorn buds that bedecked the hedgerows, or gazing upward at the lark, that, springing from the dewy grass, hung aloft on quivering wings in the yellow sunlight, pouring forth its song that fell like a falling star from the sky, his luck led him away from the highway, not far from the spot where Arthur a Bland was peeping this way and that through the leaves of the thickets.
"Well, Flambeau," says the voice, "you really look like a Flying Star; but that always means a Falling Star at last."
Nor was his name unheard or unador'd In ancient Greece; and in AUSONIAN land Men call'd him MULCIBER; and how he fell From Heav'n, they fabl'd, thrown by angry JOVE Sheer o're the Chrystal Battlements: from Morn To Noon he fell, from Noon to dewy Eve, A Summers day; and with the setting Sun Dropt from the Zenith like a falling Star, On LEMNOS th' AEGAEAN Ile: thus they relate, Erring; for he with this rebellious rout Fell long before; nor aught avail'd him now To have built in Heav'n high Towrs; nor did he scape By all his Engins, but was headlong sent With his industrious crew to build in hell.
Perseids are expected to offer 1-2 falling stars per minute during their peak between August 10 and August 15.
Under a dark, clear sky after midnight of its peak activity, meteors or falling stars can be seen at an average of forty or more meteors per hour, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.
Falling stars will be radiating from the constellation of Gemini until December 17 with its peak activity on the night of December 14 until the early morning of December 15, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).