posted on Sep, 3 2008 @ 07:29 AM
Point meteors are actually quite rare. There's a fair chance of seeing them on the peak night of a meteor shower if its a good year, but apart from
that, it's highly unlikely that people are seeing them everywhere, and all the time. Also, as you said, they will only appear in a very small patch
of sky, which the shower is named after, so it's relatively easy to identify point meteors.
On top of that, most point meteors tend to be slower than the flashes people are describing here. Camera flashes are instant. Point meteors tend to
brighten quickly, and fade almost as quickly, but not usually "instantaneously".
Flashes are also produced by non-point meteors, and if the meteor is too dim to see initially, the only thing that may be seen is the flash, with no
hint of the rest of the meteors path. This is more likely to account for some of the sightings people are describing here, but I still think the vast
majority of the flashes are due to satellites (or junk) glinting.
I spent one and a half nights observing the Perseids under rural skies this August, and I saw nothing that could not be attributed to satellites or
meteors, despite looking for these "mysterious" flashes.
[edit on 3-9-2008 by C.H.U.D.]