Three fireballs over Spain on November 21

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Three bright meteors were recorded over Spain on November 21 – at 01:32, 01:47 UTC, and 02:21 UTC.

The first was generated by a meteoroid produced by Comet Encke that hit the atmosphere at around 101 000 km/h. It began at an altitude of about 105 km (65 miles) over the province of Jaén (Andalusia) and ended at a height of around 52 km (32 miles). 

The second fireball, generated by another comet, entered the atmosphere at 202 000 km/h. It began at a height of 108 km (67 miles) over the Mediterranean Sea and ended at an altitude of around 72 km (44 miles) off the coast of the province of Almeria (Andalusia).

The third event entered the atmosphere at 101 000 km/h and was also produced by Comet Encke. It began at an altitude of around 111 km (69 miles) over the province of Ciudad Real and ended at a height of about 71 km (44 miles). 

All three events were recorded in the framework of the SMART project, which is being conducted by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN).

They were spotted from the meteor-observing stations located at Sevilla, La Sagra (Granada), La Hita (Toledo), Sierra Nevada (Granada), and Calar Alto.

Featured image credit: Meteoroides.net

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