Fri. Apr 10th, 2020

An impressive ball of fire illuminates the southern peninsular sky

An impressive ball of fire illuminates the southern peninsular sky


A fragment of Comet Encke crossed the southern peninsular sky early Saturday morning. The entrance into the atmosphere occurred at more than 110,000 kilometers per hour and caused a great flash in the sky that could be seen more than 400 kilometers away. The brilliant fireball reached a brilliance superior to that of the full Moon and flew over southern Spain at 0:46 hours.

The light phenomenon began at an altitude of about 122 km above the Mediterranean Sea. The fireball moved northwest, ending at an altitude of about 64 km over the province of Almeria. This event has been recorded by the detectors of the SMART project (University of Huelva) that operate in the astronomical observatories of La Hita (Toledo), Sierra Nevada (Granada), La Sagra (Granada) and Seville.

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