Do shooting stars have a message?
In the UK, it was believed that the sight of a meteor meant that someone had died.
As the RMS Titanic was sinking in the frigid Atlantic water, the survivors mentioned seeing an abnormal amount of meteors and some believed it to be their beloved husbands (left aboard the sinking ship), souls passing to heaven. It happened that just as Titanic was sinking, the Lyriad meteor shower was peaking.
In King Richard the Second, Shakespeare has a Welsh captain warn the Earl of Salisbury, "And meteors fright the fixed star of heaven.....These signs forerun the death or fall of kings."