The impact on the atmosphere of a rock from an asteroid, which has penetrated the atmosphere at 126,000 kilometers per hour, generated last night a ball of fire over Madrid, which has been contemplated from all over Spain, and that it has shown several explosions during its trajectory.
The phenomenon, which occurred at 3.56 am (peninsular time), has been captured by the detectors of the astronomical complex of La Hita, in La Puebla de Almoradiel (Toledo), 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 in the Solar System.
And it has also been recorded by the detectors that this same research project has installed in the observatories of Calar Alto (Almería), La Sagra (Granada) and Seville, as reported in a press release by the La Hita astronomical complex.
Likewise, it has indicated that the analysis made by the astrophysicist from the Andalusian Institute of Astrophysics (IAA-CSIC) and responsible for the Smart project, Jose Maria Madiedo, has determined that the rock that originated the fireball entered 126,000 kilometers per hour over the west of the Community of Madrid.
Due to this high speed, the rough friction with the air has made the rock incandescent at an altitude of about 84 kilometers, almost on the border with the province of Ávila.
This incandescence has been the one that has generated the brilliant ball of fire, which due to its great luminosity it could be seen throughout Spain, from more than 600 kilometers away.
The fireball, what has shown several explosions throughout its trajectory, has advanced in a southeasterly direction and has become extinct over the city of Madrid, at an altitude of about 21 kilometers, practically on the vertical of the Puente de Vallecas district, the astronomical complex of La Hita has specified.