The detectors of the SMART project, of the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC), from the astronomical observatories of Seville, La Sagra and Sierra Nevada (Granada), Calar Alto (Almería) and La Hita (Toledo), have registered the passage of a fireball flying over the center of the peninsula to 50,000 km/h.

According to the analysis of the principal investigator of the SMART project, José María Madiedo, from the IAA-CSIC, the fireball was detected around 2:55 of the past dawn.

It occurred as a result of the entry into the Earth’s atmosphere of a dislodged fragment an asteroid at about 50,000 kilometers per hour over the southern part of the province of Ciudad Real.

Due to this high speed, the rough friction with the air made the rock turn incandescent when it was at a height of about 80 kilometers, almost above the vertical of the town of Torrenueva.

The fireball advanced in a northeast direction and became extinct when it was at an altitude of about 45 kilometers over the east of the province of Albacete, almost on the vertical of the town of Viveros.

The detectors of the SMART project operate within the framework of the Southwest Europe Fireball and Meteor Network (SWEMN), which aims to continuously monitor the sky in order to record and study the impact against the earth’s atmosphere of rocks coming from different objects in the Solar System.

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