Bright fireball observed over Spain

Bright fireball observed over Spain

A very bright fireball swept across the sky over southern Spain at 02:55 UTC on November 15, 2016, and was captured by several meteor observing cameras. The event took place during the Supermoon.

The bolide was a part of the Taurid meteor shower and was a remnant fragment of the comet 2P/Encke, Jose Maria Madiedo of the Calar Alto Observatory reports. It entered the Earth's atmosphere at a speed of about 110 000 km/h (68 351 mph). 

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Its trace began at an altitude of approximately 108 km (67 miles) over the Granada province and ended at 60 km (37.3 miles) over the southern part of Jaen province.

The Taurid meteor shower reached its peak on November 12.

The supermoon event of November 14 was both the closest full moon of 2016, and the closest full moon to date in the 21st century. The full moon will not approach as close to Earth until November 25, 2034.

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