What’s up with all the weird meteors lately?
The meteors this month have been acting a little strange — they’re particularly fiery, and they take a very long time to burn out. It turns out this is not an isolated incident; speculation over the strangeness of February meteors goes back at least half a century.
Now that we have the technology to keep close tabs on their activity, the data actually suggests there may be some truth to the rumors: February’s fireballs are a bit different from those of other months, and that, say scientists, is very puzzling.
Back in the sixties and seventies, a group of amateur astronomers came up with something called the “Fireballs of February.” The phrase was used to describe what they claimed was higher-than-average fireball activity during the shortest month of the year.