LIVE VIDEO: 11 Alive News at 6PM    Watch
 

Next Chance to View a Meteor

8:37 PM, Sep 30, 2013   |    comments
  • Trajectory map from American Meteor Society of path of Saturday's fireball
  • Heat Map from American Meteor Society showing Fireball reports
    
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +

Either you saw it or you didn't.  We are still getting a lot of comments from folks who saw the bright fireball streaking across the sky Saturday night.  It was between 7:30 and 8pm.  The American Meteor Society and NASA say this was a meteor that moved across the sky.  It eventually burned up and broke apart over Atlanta.

MORE | NASA Confirms Meteor Streaking Across SE Sky Saturday

See the attached picture from the American Meteor Society.  They plotted a trajectory map that showed the path of the streak across the sky.  The other map is a "heat map" that compiles all of the reports of the people who saw it.  The most reports came from Alabama and Georgia. 

This meteor was unpredictable.  It wasn't a part of a meteor shower that we can sometimes plan for on the calendar.  This was just a piece of space junk that made its way into our atmosphere and burned up on entry.

If you want to see a meteor, you will have a better chance of seeing one or many in the meteor showers that are usually easy to plot on a calendar.  Sometimes they are active, sometimes they are "sleepers."

Here are the next meteor showers that are coming up.  I compiled these along with the forecasts with the help of EarthSky.org.

MORE | EarthSky's meteor shower guide for 2013

October 7-8-Draconid Meteor Shower-The meteors from this shower are usually more visible during the evening instead of overnight.  This shower is usually not too active.  I wouldn't plan on camping out to watch this one.  Consider yourself lucky if you see one.

October 21-Orionids-This one is a little more active.  It averages around 10-20 meteors per hour.  It is usually visible between midnight and dawn.  It usually peaks just before dawn.  This year, the brightness of the moon may interfere with viewing the Orionids.

November 4-5 & 11-12-The Taurids.  This is divided between the South Taurids and The North Taurids.  This is best viewed just before dawn.  The moon light may inhibit this shower this year.

It's not a promise that you will see anything in any of these showers, but the chances are higher in these time frames compared to the timing of the one Saturday night!

Most Watched Videos