Mon. Dec 9th, 2019

A Perseida produces a fireball that flew over Castilla-La Mancha and Andalusia

The Astronomical Complex of La Hita, located around La Puebla de Almoradiel (Toledo), recorded the brightest Perseida recorded this year over Spain, which produced a spectacular fireball that flew over Castilla-La Mancha and Andalusia on the night of August 13.

The detectors that the Wind and Meteor Network of the Southwest of Europe operate in the municipality of Toledo, in addition to the astronomical observatories of Calar Alto (Almería), Sierra Nevada (Granada), La Sagra (Granada) and Seville, recorded the sequence in which can be seen how the fireball formed about 130 kilometers above the province of Ciudad Real, bordering the town of Puertollano, and was moving southwestward until it died out at an altitude of 81 kilometers, over the province of Malaga , bordering with Marbella.

In a press release, the AstroHita Foundation has explained that the aforementioned detectors work within the framework of the SMART Project, which aims to continuously monitor the sky in order to record and study the impact against the earth's atmosphere of rocks from different objects of the Sola System.

The Perseids are produced by the comet Swift-Tuttle, which completes its orbit around the Sun every 133 years or so. Between the end of July and the end of August, the Earth crosses the remains of the comet's tail, which causes these particles to collide with the atmosphere at a speed of 210 thousand kilometers per hour, resulting in the rain of Perseid shooting stars and having its maximum splendor between August 8 and 13.

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