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Impressive fireball streaks across southern Spain

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An impressive fireball streaked across the sky in southern Spain at 21:25 UTC on December 11, 2016. The event was captured by Calar Alto Observatory (SMART project).

Following the preliminary analysis carried out by the SMART's principal investigator José María Madiedo (University of Huelva), this event was caused by the impact against the atmosphere of a meteoroid at an approximate speed of 72 000 km/h.

The fireball, which flew over Granada and Jaén provinces, southern Spain was seen across much of the country.

Several people living in Granada claim they have heard a big explosion.

Video courtesy Meteoroides.net

This phenomenon was also captured by the SMART fireball detection station located at La Hita (Toledo), Sierra Nevada (Granada), La Sagra (Granada) and Sevilla Observatories.

Featured image credit: Caha.es

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