Very bright and nice fireball flew above Anducía (South Spain) skies on July 2nd 2018

pathOn the night of July 2nd 2018, at 03:58 local time (1:58 UT), a very bright and nice fireball flew above the skies of Andalucía (South Spain). The event could be registered with the SMART Project's detectors operated at Calar Alto (Almería), La Hita (Toledo), La Sagra (Granada), Huelva and Seville observatories. This object could be also recorded with the west external surveillance webcam located at Calar Alto Observatory (Almería).

Following the preliminary analysis carried out by Professor José María Madiedo (University of Huelva), PI of the SMART Project, this fireball was produced as consequence of the entrance into the Earth's atmosphere of a rock with cometary origin with a speed of about 118.000 km/h. The fireball started at an altitude of about 99 km above Málaga province and then it moved northeastward crossing the skies of Seville and Córdoba, finishing at an altitude of about 31 km above the ground.

Below are the videos that could be recorded with both the SMART Project west detector and the external surveillance webcam, placed at Calar Alto Observatory (Almería). 

 

 

Finally, the next is the spectacular image with the fireball's spectrum emission

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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.