Nice fireball between Murcia and Almería provinces (Southeast Spain) on September 7th

pathinteriorDuring the night of September 9th 2019, at 02:04 UT (04:04 local time) a nice fireball flew above the skies of Murcia and Almería provinces at Southeast Spain.

The fireball could be registered with the SMART Project's project detectors operated at the observatories of Calar Alto (Almería), La Sagra (Granada), La Hita (Toledo) and Sevilla.

This object could also be followed up with two of the webcams of the Calar Alto Observatory surveillance system.

As can be seen from the preliminary analysis carried out by Professor José María Madiedo (University of Huelva), the PI of the SMART Project, this fireball has been produced by a rock detached from an asteroid that entered into our atmosphere at an estimated speed of 120.000 km/h.

The luminous part of the event started at an altitude of about 84 km, moving then southeastward, crossing the skies of the south part of Murcia and north part of Almería (Southeast Spain), and finishing at an altitude of 29 km.

On the upper left image, the path this object followed above the ground is shown. The spectrum emission is shown on the upper right image.

And below are the videos registered with Calar Alto Observatory Surveillance webcams and with the SMART detector.

 

 


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.