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see also:

fire ball (meteor)

Aristotle METE


Lucretius DRN

Seneca NQ

References for Greek and Latin

a bright meteor (bolide)
Modern Description

written by Susanne M Hoffmann

The technical term "fireball" refers to a tremendously bright meteor; technical term: "bolide". A meteor is a commonly called "shooting star" but has nothing to do with stars. It is light emitted by air in the higher atmosphere; the air is heated by tiny particles from the solar system.

Further Remarks

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