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Bright green fireball over Spain, meteorites expected

Bright green fireball over Spain, meteorites expected

A bright green fireball streaked through the night sky over Spain at 01:54 UTC on March 16, 2024. The event was seen as brighter than the full moon.

This event was generated by a meteoroid from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at about 61 000 km/h (37 900 mph).

The trajectory of the fireball took it across Portugal, beginning its descent at an altitude of around 91 km (56 miles) above Foros de Vale Figueira, located west of the Évora region, and concluded its visible journey at about 19 km (12 miles) altitude near Cano, in the southern part of the Alentejo region.

Further investigations have revealed that parts of the object survived the intense heat and frictional forces encountered during its descent, ultimately reaching the Earth’s surface as meteorites.

The observation and subsequent analysis of this bright meteor were conducted under the auspices of the SMART project, a collaborative effort among various meteorological observation stations across Southwestern Europe, coordinated by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN).

The participating facilities that contributed to this discovery include stations located in Huelva, La Hita (Toledo), Calar Alto, Sierra Nevada, La Sagra (Granada), and Sevilla.

The research team responsible for analyzing this event is led by Dr. Jose M. Madiedo, the principal investigator of the SMART project, affiliated with the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC).

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