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The detectors of

the SMART project,

of the

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

meteroids -

hit the atmosphere at about

76,000 kilometers / hour

over southern


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

have survived,

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

Solar System



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