But whether it means something good or bad, or nothing at all, everyone can at least agree on one thing. It looked awesome.
The American Meteor Society says it got more than 700 reports about the meteor. That included from people in Washington DC, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Ontario.
Investigators are still looking into the event. The AMS says though that early reports indicate the fireball was traveling from South East to North West, it apparently ended its visible flight somewhere over North Benton, Ohio. It also appears to have been a random event and not part of a meteor shower.
Seeing a fireball like this is also rare, even if meteors are more common than you might think. From AMS:
“Several thousand meteors of fireball magnitude occur in the Earth’s atmosphere each day. The vast majority of these, however, occur over the oceans and uninhabited regions, and a good many are masked by daylight. Those that occur at night also stand little chance of being detected due to the relatively low numbers of persons out to notice them.”
In 2020 it might be more surprising we’re not seeing fireballs crash into the planet every few hours.
But what could our blue meteor portend for the rest of the year? Considering all the news that followed on October 1, we might not want to know.