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No major meteor showers occurNo major meteor showers occur in September, but you probably saw a stray meteor/fireball, which can occur on any night. (On September 8, 2013, there were reports of fireballs in Oregon and California, USA.) Meteors can burn with different colors, from orange-yellow, yellow, and red, to blue, green, or violet. This depends on the metals in the meteor, and which atoms/molecules in the atmosphere it hits. A meteor's tail (called a train, or wake) can last about 1 to 10 seconds. Sometimes, a bright fireball can leave a persistent train that lasts a few minutes to over 30 minutes. Factors that affect the speed of a meteor in the atmosphere include its size, its initial speed, and the angle when it hits the atmosphere. For more information, you might be interested in these pages from the American Meteor Society: http://www.amsmeteors.org/meteor-showers/meteor-faq/ http://www.amsmeteors.org/fireballs/faqf/

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