By Faye Gaston
It is rare to have an exceptionally bright meteor zip across the sky in our home state of Alabama. However, there were many reports of a bright greenish-blue object streaking across the Alabama sky on Sunday, November 1, 2020, just before 6:00 p.m.
These "fireballs" are only visible for seconds. It was reported to the American Meteor Society to have been seen near Union Springs in the cities of Montgomery, Troy, and Auburn, and also seen in Birmingham and Huntsville. Its actual path was east of Birmingham.
The "Geometric Impact Point" is between downtown Talladega and I-20 in northern Talladega County. This is where the meteor would have struck Earth's surface if it had survived burning up. It is possible that small pieces, called meteorites, made it to the Earth's surface. These are very rare and can be worth a lot of money.
The starting point of its path was roughly the meeting point of Calhoun, Cherokee and Etowah counties east of Gadsden.
It traveled southwest and ended its path at the intersection of U.S. 431 and AL-144 near Alexandria, Ohatchee, and Wellington (just north of I-20 and the Anniston/Oxford area.
Besides being seen in central Alabama, it was spotted at many locations across Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas and Tennessee, and as far away as Kentucky, Virginia, and Florida.