September 13, Just witnessed a falling star with a lengthy tail that extinguished just before the horizon due north during a showery night in North West Ontario 1 km south of the junction Hwy and Hwy at almost exactly pm CT during the Harvest Full moon on Friday 13th first time in 20 years! I feel like a little kid right now I'm so excited still. I just happened to look up while on my porch at about am in Tewksbury MA and saw a very bright white star shoot across the sky!
It looked like it was much closer than all of the other shooting stars I've seen that seem to fade fast and leave a very thin trail but this one was much thicker and was so bright! So happy I found this site. It's going to be my go to now to help add a little something to my nights. Can't wait till my girls get a little older and see their first one.
I thought it was a falling ball of a plane on fire due to size and the tail behind it. It had burnt out within my sighting it but the tail remained for a little time after.
Let's unite the planets! Trail was very very long and bright, running from south to north. Did anyone else see it? In upstate NY. It was very bright white and then turned to a substantially wider orange then green and it disappeared behind a building. Skip to main content. Meteor Shower Dates and Viewing Tips.
By Bob Berman. September 1, Related Articles Astronomy Meteors. Shooting star seems logical as a descriptor because viewers see the streak of light produced as a meteor falls through the atmosphere. We associate glowing in the sky with stars, so a burning meteor seems like a star moving across the sky.
The sizes of shooting stars vary, but they all become significantly smaller as they fall through the atmosphere. Meteors can be the size of a piece of dust, to the size of a human fist, to the size of a small house. If you spot a fallen star on your right, it means good luck, while one on your left indicates misfortune will follow.
If you're quick, you may be able to shift position as the star travels in an attempt to change your luck [source: Dillon ]. Shooting stars also bring luck on the road. Spot one while on a trip , and your voyage is guaranteed to be a success [source: Goldsmith ]. Even stationary stars can boost your luck, at least according to folklore. In particular, the first star that shines in the night sky each evening possesses special magic.
In England and some other parts of the world, setting your gaze on the first star that appears after dark and making a wish is enough to win your heart's desire. Login or Register. Save Word. Log In. Definition of falling star. Examples of falling star in a Sentence Recent Examples on the Web Since the skies are dark, the nights before and after April 22 should be almost as good for catching a falling star or two.
First Known Use of falling star 15th century, in the meaning defined above. Keep scrolling for more. A site for ages 14 and up.