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Very bright fireball over the Mediterranean Sea

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This amazing fireball overflew the Mediterranean Sea on November 18, 2016 at 22:31 UTC and was recorded by the astronomical observatories of Calar Alto and La Sagra, Spain (SMART Project). On the following day, a bright daylight meteor was recorded from Sevilla.

Following the analysis carried out by the principal investigator of the SMART Project, Professor José María Madiedo (University of Huelva), this event occurred as a result of the impact on Earth's atmosphere of a meteoroid at about 72 000 km/h (44 700 mph).

The bolide began at an altitude of about 80 km (50 miles) above the Mediterranean Sea, in front of the Almería's north coast, and ended at a height of around 60 km (37 miles) above the sea.

Video courtesy Meteoroides.net

It was recorded by the framework of the SMART Project from the astronomical observatories of Calar Alto (Almería, Spain) and La Sagra (Granada, Spain).

On the next day, November 19 at 06:33 UTC, the same framework recorded a bright daylight meteor from Sevilla, Spain.

The event reportedly overflew the Atlantic Ocean.

Video courtesy Meteoroides.net

Featured image: Bright fireball over the Mediterranean Sea, November 18, 2016. Credit: Caha.es

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