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shooting star,

in astronomy: see meteormeteor,
appearance of a small particle flying through space that interacts with the earth's upper atmosphere. While still outside the atmosphere, the particle is known as a meteoroid. Countless meteoroids of varying sizes are moving about the solar system at any time.
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shooting star,

in botany: see primroseprimrose,
common name for the genus Primula of the Primulaceae, a family of low perennial herbs with species found on all continents, most frequently in north temperate regions.
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shooting star

colloquial name for meteor.

shooting star

[′shüd·iŋ ′stär]
(astronomy)
A small meteor that has the brief appearance of a darting, starlike object.
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Felix said: "Shooting stars are, by their nature, bright and inspirational and it's great that local endeavours have these qualities recognised by the HTAFC Shooting Star Award.
Lord Barry said: "It's your great passion that makes you so formidable in support of the Shooting Star Unit.
The Geminids produce shooting stars in the night sky that will be visible in the UK today and for the next few nights.
The shooting stars are tiny particles that vaporise instantly when they hit the planet's atmosphere and burn out 50 to 100 miles above Ireland - 10 times higher than a jet aircraft.
THIS weekend is expected to be the best time in the year to witness the Perseid Meters Shower - that delivers up to 100 shooting stars a minute.
A Japanese start-up developing "shooting stars on demand" says it will be ready to deliver the world's first artificial meteor shower in a spectacular show over Hiroshima in early 2020.
India, July 23 -- "Can we pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars? I could really use a wish right now, wish right now, wish right now." Hayley Williams of Paramore may not have sung these lines in B.o.B.'s popular rap track Airplanes if she were just ten years into the future.
CMC/Shooting Star will remain headquartered at its current location in Spicewood, Texas, while a new Shooting Star facility is built in Northeast Texas.
Additionally, the Intel Shooting Star drones soared to celebrate the Olympians at nightly victory ceremonies when weather and logistics permitted creating illustrations of Soohorang, the PyeongChang logo and athletes such as skiers, hockey players and curlers across the nighttime sky.
As Lady Gaga's performance began, Intel Shooting Star drones created a backdrop of colourful formations in the sky including twinkling stars that transformed into red and blue moving stars, before creating the American Flag for a dramatic finale that brought Lady Gaga to center stage on the field.
Summary: This weekend's night sky will -- to the naked, Earth-bound eye -- be filled with shooting stars for annual Perseid meteor shower, however only half the usual number of shooting stars will be seen during the peak.
According to the company, as Lady Gaga's performance began, Intel Shooting Star drones created a backdrop of colourful formations in the sky including twinkling stars that transformed into red and blue moving stars, before creating the American Flag for a dramatic finale that brought Lady Gaga to centre stage on the field.