Sunday October 11 2020

Last night my phone erupted with messages of a fireball seen nearby. That is when a meteor, or space rock, enters Earth’s atmosphere and burns up on the way down. This leaves a streak of light in the sky for a few seconds, so you must be out and looking to spot it. That is why it is rare, and also called a shooting star.  Blink, and you can miss it, plus they often come without notice.

The Saturday night event was at 8:26 PM EDT, so plenty of people were awake outside or traveling making this the most popular of the week.   This was widely seen across western Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey.  It was highlighted by a collective observation of green light. That often means there was copper in the space rock burning up.


Meteor Shower Sighting Reports

Fireball October 10 2020 Viewer Map


As exciting as that is, this was the the 5th report in as many days. It has been very busy since my last report with dash cam video on September 30.   We have a few meteor showers on the calendar this month, but these events have been outside of the prime viewing time.

Two fireballs were seen in Pennsylvania on October 6 within 5 minutes of each other.  There were also two more on Friday October 9 just 49 minutes apart. So let’s take a look at what’s happened recently.


Video Report of Two Fireballs In 5 minutes On October 6th


Two Fireballs On October 9th

First Event Friday Morning

When: 5:44 AM

Where: Central Pennsylvania

Viewer Map

Fireball October 9 A 2020 Viewer Map

Heat Map

This is the highlighted concentration of report population density.

Fireball October 9 A 2020 Heat Map

See the viewer reports from the American Meteor Society


Second Event Friday Morning

When: 5:33 AM

Where: West-Central Pennsylvania




Viewer Map

Fireball October 9 B 2020 Viewer Map


Heat Map

Fireball October 9 B 2020 Heat Map

See the viewer reports from the American Meteor Society


Fireball On October 10th

When: 5:44 AM

Where: West-Central Pennsylvania

Heat Map

Fireball October 10 2020 Heat Map


This one got more comments on my Facebook post

Possible meteor around
8:30 PM
Got a few reports from southern PA and central MD facing south.
Did you see it?

Posted by Justin Berk, Meteorologist on Saturday, October 10, 2020


Also see the viewers reports from the American Meteor Society



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