Slow fireball recorded over the Mediterranean Sea

Slow fireball recorded over the Mediterranean Sea

This beautiful fireball overflew the western Mediterranean Sea, south of Span, at 22:18 UTC on July 25, 2017 (00:18 CET, July 26). The event lasted nearly 9 seconds.

Following the analysis carried out by the SMART Project’s Principal Investigator, Professor José María Madiedo (University of Huelva), it was concluded that the event was produced by a rock from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at around 25 000 km/h (15 534 mph). The fireball began at a height of about 83 km (51.5 miles) and ended at an altitude of 36 km (22.3 miles).

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

Video courtesy Meteors (CAHA)

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