According to the Online Dictionary a meteor is described as "a transient fiery streak in the sky produced by a meteoroid passing through the earth's atmosphere; a shooting star or bolide"
In the Bible, John the Revelator wrote about two events that describe exactly these phenomena. At a future date that the Bible describes as the “time of trouble” to try all mankind (Daniel 12:1), and Jeremiah the prophet called it Jacob’s time of trouble (Jeremiah 30:7) John saw a meteor shower that had devastating effects on the earth followed by an asteroid strike that wipes out a third of the oceans:
"The first angel blew [his] trumpet, and there was a storm of hail and fire mingled with blood cast upon the earth. And a third part of the earth was burned up and a third of the trees was burned up and all the green grass was burned up. “And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; and the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed."- Revelation 8:7- 9.
It used to be that the world depicted prophets of doom as misguided people dressed like Jesus and carrying signs on street corners proclaiming ‘the end of the world is near.” Today that message is proclaimed by well respected scientists who predict a litany of dooms to come upon the earth from meteor showers, asteroid strikes, comets, super volcano eruptions, solar winds, landslides that trigger tsunamis and all kinds of weather related disasters - they always conclude by saying, "it's only a matter of time – because it’s going to happen!"
(the above photo is the ateroid gaspra; from NASA)