Bright fireball registered in Southern France, 700 km. away from Calar Alto Observatory



A bright fireball crossed the sky over the french Pyrenees in the Southern France at midnight (01:00 Spanish Local Time) during October 4th to 5th night. It could be registered by the surveillance webcams system in Calar Alto Observatory (Almería) from a stunning distance over 700km.

It was also registered with the SMART Project's detectors operated at Calar Alto, La Hita (Toledo), Breda, OSN, La Sagra (Granada) and Olocau. The preliminary analysis of this event was carried out by Professor José María Madiedo (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía IAA-CSIC), SMART project's PI. His conclusions points that this object was a Taurid associated to comet Encke with next data:

  • Type of event: cometary

  • Initial speed: 111,000 km/h

  • Initial altitude: 95 km

  • Final altitude: 54 km


Below are the two videos captured with the external north and northeast cameras operated at Calar Alto Observatory, in 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 (IAA) to track that kind of objects. Specifically, Calar Alto (CAHA) station and the one at Sierra Nevada (IAA-CSIC) constitute a collaboration agreement between the IAA researcher José María Madiedo and both institutions.