Slow-moving fireball over southern Spain

A slow-moving fireball was spotted over southern Spain at about 00:55 UTC on August 10, 2021. The fireball overflew the provinces of Ciudad Real and Albacete in the region of Castilla-La Mancha.

This bright meteor was recorded in the framework of the SMART Project, operated by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN), from the meteor-observing stations located at Sevilla, La Hita (Toledo), La Sagra (Granada), Calar Alto (Almería), and Sierra Nevada (Granada).

According to an analysis by Dr. Jose M. Madiedot, principal investigator of the SMART Project, this bolide was generated by a rock from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at about 50 000 km/h (31 070 mph).

It began over the south of Ciudad Real at an altitude of about 80 km (50 mph) and ended over the province of Albacete at a height of around 45 km (28 miles).

Featured image credit: SMART Project


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