February 26, 2021

A fireball flies over the Mediterranean at 105,000 km / hour

A stock image of a meteor in the sky.

A stock image of a meteor in the sky.

The project detectors SMART, from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC), from the astronomical observatories of Calar Alto (Almería), Seville and La Hita (Toledo) and Sierra Nevada have recorded the passage of a fireball over the mediterranean sea and the north of Morocco at 105,000 kilometers per hour.

According to the analysis of the main researcher of the SMART project, José María Madiedo, from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC), the fireball was recorded at 10:10 p.m. last Wednesday, and could be seen by many people Andalusia.

The phenomenon has occurred at enter the earth’s atmosphere a rock coming from a comet at a speed of about 105,000 kilometers per hour.

The collision with the atmosphere at this enormous speed caused the rock to turn incandescent, thus generating a fireball that began at an altitude of about 105 kilometers above the Mediterranean, about 23 kilometers away from the Moroccan coast.

From there, the fireball advanced in a southwesterly direction until it was finally extinguished at an altitude of 69 kilometers over northern Morocco after traveling a total distance of about 72 kilometers in the atmosphere.

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 atmosphere terrestrial rocks from different objects in the Solar System.


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