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More than one group present of a stated form. ‘Fragmentary’. Only one part of a standard auroral form visible. ‘Coronal’. Convergence of rays resulting in a corona. 4 VISUALLY OBSERVING AURORAE Structure H S R1 R2 R3 ‘Homogenous’. Appearing uniform in shape and brightness. ‘Striated’. A pattern of light and dark lines visible. Short-length rays visible. Medium-length rays visible. Long rays visible. Forms G ‘Glow’. Brightness extends upwards all the way from the visible horizon. If the glow does not extend all the way down to the horizon then this descriptive term and code is not to be used.
For more about this you might like to refer to the book Meteor Showers and Their Parent Comets, written by Peter Jenniskens and published by Cambridge University Press in 2006. There is a weak glow visible after dusk and before dawn that appears as a cone of light, widest near the horizon, and inclined along the line of the ecliptic. It is obvious in very dark and crystal-clear conditions but the slightest presence of haze and any light pollution is enough to completely swamp it. This glow is known as the zodiacal light.
4 when at its most brilliant) are rare occurrences technically known as fireballs. Some fireballs are seen to explode, rather than simply fizzle out, and these are termed bolides. Fireballs and the brighter meteors leave trains which can persist for several seconds. Please note that a ‘train’ persists after the meteor itself is extinguished. Even quite faint meteors have trails, which is the normal luminous track extending behind the bright head of the meteor as it dashes across the sky. Only when that track persists after the demise of the meteor is it then known as a ‘train’.