Well, it seems that the fireball wasn’t a figment of my imagination. The Taurids apparently put on quite a show all over the place. Here’s the scoop from NASA…
November 3, 2005: "I thought some wise guy was shining a spotlight at me," says Josh Bowers of New Germany, Pennsylvania. "Then I realized what it was: a fireball in the southern sky. I was doing some backyard astronomy around 9 p.m. on Halloween (Oct. 31, 2005), and this meteor was so bright it made me lose my night vision."
Bowers wasn’t the only one who saw the fireball. Lots of people were outdoors Trick or Treating. They saw what Bowers saw … and more. Before the night was over, reports of meteors "brighter than a full moon" were streaming in from coast to coast.
Astronomers have taken to calling these the "Halloween fireballs." But there’s more to it than Halloween. The display has been going on for days.