The detectors of the SMART project, of the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC), from the astronomical observatories of Sagra and Sierra Nevada (Granada), La Hita (Toledo) and Seville have registered the passage of a fireball over the center from Spain to 95,000 kilometers per hour.
According to the analysis of the principal investigator of the SMART project, José María Madiedo, of the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC), the fireball was recorded at 1:23 am this morning.
The phenomenon has occurred when a rock from an asteroid enters the Earth’s atmosphere at a speed of about 95,000 kilometers per hour and due to its great luminosity, could be seen in much of the country.
The collision with the atmosphere at this enormous speed Made the rock turn incandescent thus generating a fireball that began at an altitude of about 95 kilometers above the province of Ciudad Real.
From there it followed a practically vertical trajectory, disappearing at an altitude of about 40 kilometers.
The detectors of the SMART project 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 on the Earth’s atmosphere of rocks from different objects in the Solar System.