Vacation finder for They may be short or long and vary greatly in brightness. Especially bright meteors are called ireballs. The very same bright meteor may be visible several hundred miles away. While some meteors are associated with regular meteor showers, most are not. Those that are not are called sporadic meteors. Moore believed that the Magi witnessed an especially spectacular meteor in their homeland. On rare occasions meteors may be as bright as the Moon or even the Sun; Moore reckoned that one such especially bright meteor was involved in the Christmas story. Vacation finder 2016.