Bright fireball over Castilla La Mancha (center-south Spain) on September 27th 2016


Around 22:47 local time (20:47 UT) of September 27th 2016, SMART’s detectors registered a fireball over Castilla La Mancha (center-south of Spain). This event could be recorded from fireball detection station operated at Calar Alto, La Sagra, La Hita, Huelva and Sevilla observatories. The north webcam of the Calar Alto Observatory surveillance system could also register this object.

interiorThe analysis carried out by Professor José María Madiedo (Univerity of Huelva), SMART Project’s PI, shows that this fireball was produced with the impact against our atmosphere of a meteoroid detached from 2P/Encke comet, starting the fireball at about 111 km above the province of Albacete. The fireball speed was a little more than 110.000 km/h. The luminous phenomena, associated to the Taurids meteor shower, finished at about 75 km over the south of Cuenca province.

The image above shows the path above the ground this fireball followed. And below are the videos recorded with the SMART’s fireball detection station and with the north surveillance webcam, both of them located at Calar Alto Observatory.


Calar Alto (CAHA) fireball detection station, together with the one at the Observatory of Sierra Nevada (IAA-CSIC) and others placed at different locations in Spain, are part of the S.M.A.R.T. project led by Professor José María Madiedo (University of Huelva) to track that kind of objects. Specifically, Calar Alto (CAHA) station and the one at Sierra Nevada (IAA-CSIC) constitute a collaboration agreement between Professor Madiedo and both institutions.