Very bright daylight fireball over France and Spain

Very bright daylight fireball over France and Spain

A very bright meteor was seen streaking through the early morning sky over France and Spain at 06:46 UTC on January 16, 2024.

The International Meteor Organization (IMO) received 455 reports from users in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Okzitanien and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azu.

The object entered Earth’s atmosphere at a speed of about 115 000 km/h (71 500 mph). Its explosive evaporation began at 90 km (56 miles) above Sariñena and ended 44 km (27 miles) south of Mollerussa.

daylight fireball france spain january 16 2024 heatmap
Image credit: IMO

This fireball comes 24 hours after a similar event over Japan’s Kanto region:


1 Fireball event 324-2024 – IMO – January 16, 2024


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