Fireball lights up the night
Comet debris puts on spectacular show
AN IMPRESSIVE fireball which flew over Spain could be observed early on Sunday morning (November 4).
The phenomenon was registered with SMART project detectors at the observatories of Calar Alto in Almería, OSN (Sierra Nevada, Granada), Sevilla, La Hita (Toledo) and La Sagra (Granada).
This fireball was also recorded with the external surveillance webcams at Calar Alto (see photo) in the Sierra de Los Filabres, noted the GermanSpanish Astronomical Center (CAHA) based there.
Following preliminary analysis by Professor José María Madiedo of the University of Huelva and head of of the SMART project, the rock that impacted with earth's atmosphere came from the Encke comet, which is associated with the North Taurid star shower. The initial speed of the object was about 100,000km/h, starting at an altitude of around 113 km above the inland region of Castilla La Mancha, then moving north-eastward and finishing at an altitude of 51km above the ground in the same region. Calar Alto (CAHA) fireball detection station, together with the one at the Observatory of Sierra Nevada and others at different locations in Spain, are part of the SMART project led by Professor Madiedo to track this kind of object.
The fireball was recorded by webcams at Calar Alto