Fireball Meteor over Mexico
An exciting event was observed at 10:14 pm local time on October 6, 2020 over Northeastern Mexico – a fireball meteor.
A fireball is an especially bright meteor from space and it can be made of either ice and burn up in the atmosphere, or of rock and sometimes fall to earth. (EarthSky)
The city of Monterry, Mexico was surprised with this fireball meteor crossing its skies. Webcam, cell phones, even doorbell footage captured the event.
What a muy caliente (hot) event!
Annual Meteor Showers different than this Fireball Meteor
There are two meteor showers occurring right now: the Draconid and Taurid Meteor showers which happen each year. “However, meteors that happen in annual showers are different creatures entirely from meteors that start out as space rocks and sometimes fall to the ground. Meteor showers stem from icy debris left behind in the orbits of comets. These particles of debris are approximately the size of rice grains, and it is so fragile that it vaporizes entirely in our atmosphere, never reaching the ground. Thus the meteor seen over Monterrey – and this week’s meteor showers – are not related.”
There is not a connection between this fireball meteor because it is made of rock and the meteor showers that visit one time per year, which are icy debris which melt upon impact with our atmosphere.