Bright fireball over southern France

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This fireball — brighter than the full moon — streaked through the night sky over southern France at 00:00 UTC on November 6, 2022.

The event was generated by a meteoroid from Comet 2P/Encke that hit the atmosphere at about 111 000 km/h (69 000 mph).

The fireball began at an altitude of about 95 km (59 miles) over Bonac-Irazein, moved northwest, and ended at a height of around 54 km (33 miles) over the locality of Beauchalot.

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 La Hita, Breda, Calar Alto, Sierra Nevada, La Sagra and Olocau.

The event has been analyzed by the principal investigator of the SMART project, Dr. Jose M. Madiedo, from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC).

Featured image credit: Meteoroides

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