Impressive fireball on April 14th, crossing Andalusia’s skies

An impressive fireball crossed some part of Andalusia’s skies at 00h35 UT of last night of April 14th.

pathThis fireball was registered with the SMART Project’s detector operated at the Observatories of Calar Alto in Almería, La Hita in Toledo, Huelva, Seville and Sierra Nevada and La Sagra, both in Granada province.

Two of the external cameras of the Calar Alto Observatory in Almería also followed this nice object.

The preliminary analysis carried out by the SMART Project’s PI, Professor José María Madiedo (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía IAA-CSIC), determined that this fireball had an asteroidal origin.

A detached rock from an asteroid entered in our atmosphere with a speed of 65.000 km/h. The luminous part of the event started at an altitude of 90 km just above Malaga and Granada border. Then the meteoroid moved northeastward, crossed Granada province and finished at 25 km of altitude above south Jaen province.

The image on the right shows the path this object followed above Andalusia’s ground.

Below are the two videos registered with the external cameras operated at Calar Alto Observatory in Almería.


Calar Alto (CAHA) fireball detection station, together with the one at the Observatory of Sierra Nevada (IAA-CSIC) and others placed at different locations in Spain, are part of the S.M.A.R.T. project led by Professor José María Madiedo (IAA) to track that kind of objects. Specifically, Calar Alto (CAHA) station and the one at Sierra Nevada (IAA-CSIC) constitute a collaboration agreement between the IAA researcher José María Madiedo and both institutions.