A fireball that entered the atmosphere at 72,000 kilometers per hour was seen last night at various points in the provinces of Badajoz, Huelva, and Seville after the rock that caused it, from a comet, entered the atmosphere. The event has been analyzed by the researcher in charge of the SMART project, the astrophysicist Jose Maria Madiedo from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucia IAA-CSIC, who has reported on his social networks that it can be seen around 0:33 peninsular Espanola), slowly crossing the skies of the south and the center of the country.
The analysis has determined that the rock that originated this phenomenon entered the Earth’s atmosphere at a speed of about 72,000 kilometers per hour and came from a comet, and is part of a group of rocks that are called meteoroids. The abrupt friction with the atmosphere at this enormous speed made the rock turn incandescent, thus generating a fireball that began at an altitude of about 100 kilometers over the southeast of the province of Badajoz, moving in a southwesterly direction, to extinguish. at an altitude of about 63 kilometers above the same province, after traveling a total distance in the atmosphere of about 38 kilometers.
This fireball has been registered by the SMART project detectors from the astronomical observatories of Calar Alto (Almeria), Seville, La Sagra (Granada), Sierra Nevada, La Hita (Toledo), and by the detection station located in Madrid (operated by Jaime Izquierdo, Complutense University of Madrid).