luminous meteor

luminous meteor

[′lü·mə·nəs ′mēd·ē·ər]
(meteorology)
According to United States weather observing practice, any one of a number of atmospheric phenomena which appear as luminous patterns in the sky, including halos, coronas, rainbows, aurorae, and their many variations, but excluding lightning (an igneous meteor or electrometeor).
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Its definitions for meteor include brief flashes due to incoming space rocks, of course, but also this: "any phenomenon or appearance in the atmosphere." It went on to define aerial meteors as winds, aqueous meteors as rain and snow, and luminous meteors as halos and rainbows.