The detectors of

the SMART project

, of the

Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia

(IAA-CSIC), from the astronomical observatories of



La Sagra


Sierra Nevada

(Granada) and

La Hita

(Toledo) have registered the passage of a fireball between the coasts of Spain and Algeria at 145,000 km / hour.

According to the analysis of the principal investigator of

the SMART project


José María Madiedo

, from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC), the fireball was recorded at dawn from Saturday to Sunday at 3:45 a.m. and due to its high luminosity, it could be seen from all over the south and center of the Iberian Peninsula

The phenomenon occurred when

a rock from a comet

entered the Earth's atmosphere

at a speed of about 145,000 kilometers.

The collision with the atmosphere at this enormous speed caused

the rock to become incandescent

, generating a fireball that began at an altitude of about 106 kilometers above the Mediterranean, at a point located about 80 kilometers away from the Andalusian coast. and 70 kilometers away from the Algerian coast.

From there the fireball advanced in a southwesterly direction

to finally extinguish itself at an altitude of 70 kilometers above the sea


the fireball traveled a total distance of about 38 kilometers in the atmosphere.

The detectors of

the SMART project

operate within the framework of the

Southwest Europe


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 from different Solar System objects.

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