"People gathered in the suburbs of the city, carrying heavy telescopes,expecting to watch the brightly burning meteors passing through the sky."
How to understand "expect" in the sentence? I think in the sentence, people looked forward to watching meteor. But after I looked the word up in the dictionaries like Webster(http://www.learnersdictionary.com/definition/expect) or Mermillan (http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/expect), I find that "expect" means "to think sth will happen".
So I am wondering whether "expect" could mean to "to look forward to".