sporadic meteor

sporadic meteor

A meteor that is not associated with a specific meteor shower.

sporadic meteor

[spə′rad·ik ′mēd·ē·ər]
(astronomy)
A meteor which is not associated with one of the regularly recurring meteor showers or streams.
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A bright sporadic meteor streaks between the horns of Taurus, while Jupiter blazes to its right near the Hyades star cluster.
Based on reports, the light streaking in the Northern California sky was a sporadic meteor, or fireball, and not a major event, said Mike Hankey, operations manager for the American Meteor Society in Genesee, New York.
But she may have seen a Bolide meteor, which is a sporadic meteor A YOUNG girl claims she saw a flaming meteorite crash to earth near her Slaithwaite home.
Observed by Tim Cooper at 02h55, sporadic meteor during watch on the eta Aquarids.
Ten bright Geminids and a sporadic meteor were recorded.
However, near the times of New Moon, when major shower activity is not expected, the ever-present background sporadic meteor population can provide sufficient rates to reward patient watchers in early October and November.
Over the following 20 years, this work proved so successful that at the end of that time around 80% of the total of 1,000 heights which had been calculated worldwide for sporadic meteor trails were derived from observations by Prentice and Alcock.
Even at times when major shower activity is not expected, the ever-present background sporadic meteor population can provide sufficient rates to reward patient watchers in mid-October.
Even at times when major shower activity is not expected, such as during September, the ever-present background sporadic meteor population can provide respectable rates--perhaps 10-12 meteors per hour in the early hours on a September morning--to reward patient observers.
I saw a Leonid appear to intersect with a sporadic meteor.
At that same instant a brilliant sporadic meteor hurtled down at an angle 120 [degrees] from the Perseid's radiant.
One might even set a trap to catch micrometeoroids, but that seems pretty extreme when all you have to do is glimpse a sporadic meteor.