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The detectors of
the SMART project,
Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC),
from the observatories of
Calar Alto (Almería), Sierra Nevada
La Sagra (Granada), Seville
La Hita (Toledo)
have detected the fall of a meteorite in the province of
This has been indicated to Efe by the researcher responsible for the SMART Project, the astrophysicist
José María Madiedo,
who has analyzed the fireball that has generated the impact, recorded this past Wednesday around 22.25 hours.
At that time, the detectors captured how a rock from an asteroid - known by the name of
hit the atmosphere at about
76,000 kilometers / hour
As a consequence of this enormous speed, the rock became incandescent, generating a fireball that crossed the night sky, its luminosity being equivalent to that of the
, so it could be seen from more than 600 kilometers away.
Many people were able to contemplate this phenomenon, which was especially spectacular in the skies of
Seville, Huelva, Córdoba and Extremadura.
In fact, the fireball started over the south of the province of Badajoz, at an altitude of about 91 kilometers and from there it advanced in a northwesterly direction, extinguishing at an altitude of about
22 kilometers over a point located near the vertical of the town of La Albuera (Badajoz).
Throughout its trajectory, it
showed several explosions
that caused sudden increases in its luminosity and that were due to several abrupt ruptures of the rock.
Preliminary analysis of the event indicates that the rock was not completely destroyed in the atmosphere:
a small part of it
is believed to
falling to the ground in the form of a meteorite.
Madiedo has pointed out that, for the moment,
it is not possible to specify the exact place of
the impact or its size or characteristics.
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 from different
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