Without a question of doubt, the term “meteor shower” is a misnomer. It creates a mental picture of shooting stars pouring out of the sky like water from a sprinkler, but that is simply not the case.
On a typical night, under a clear, dark sky you might count three or four meteors per hour. On certain nights, that count may climb to 15, 25, 50 per hour or more. That’s what astronomers call a “shower.” The mainstream media usually tell the general public to expect something spectacular, but often most – envisioning the “sprinkler effect” – are left disappointed.