Fireball above Gulf of Cádiz (Southwest Iberian Peninsula) on September 29th 2019

pathLast September 29th at 22:30 UT (00:30 local time already on September 30th), a rock from an asteroid impacts against our atmosphere above Gulf of Cádiz (southwest Iberian Peninsula) in front of Portugal south coasts.

This event could be registered with the SMART Project’s detectors operated at Seville, La Sagra (Granada) and Huelva observatories.

This object was also registered at Calar Alto Observatory (Almería, southeast Spain) external cameras, about 400 km away.

The analysis of this phenomenon was carried out by Professor José María Madiedo (University of Huelva), PI of the SMART Project.

His research reveals that the fireball was produced as consequence of a rock detached from an asteroid which impacts against our atmosphere at an estimated speed of 72.000 km/h and starting at an altitude of about 93 km. The object then moved northeastward towards Portugal coasts and finished at an altitude of 28 km above Atlantic Ocean, in front of Faro city, as it is shown on the left image.

Below is the video that could be registered about 400 km away to the east from the event location, registered with external surveillance camera operated at Calar Alto Observatory (Almería).


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.