The detectors of the SMART project, from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC), from the astronomical observatories Calar Alto (Almería), La Sagra (Granada), La Hita (Toledo), Sierra Nevada (Granada) and Seville have recorded the passage of a fireball over southern Andalusia at 39,000 kilometers per hour.
As reported by the principal investigator of the SMART project, José María Madiedo, from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC), the fireball was recorded at 11:55 p.m. on Friday, September 25.
The phenomenon has occurred at enter the earth’s atmosphere a rock coming from an asteroid at a speed of about 39,000 kilometers per hour.
The collision with the atmosphere caused the rock to turn incandescent and generate a fireball that started at a altitude of about 80 kilometers on the northeast of the province of Seville; from there it advanced in a northeasterly direction, entering Córdoba and dying out at an altitude of about 26 km above the northwest of this other province.
The SMART project detectors operate within the framework of the Southwest Europe Fireball and Meteor Network (SWEMN), which aims to continuously monitor the sky in order to record and study the impact against the terrestrial atmosphere of rocks coming from different objects of the Solar System.