The sudden friction with the air caused the rock to turn incandescent at a height of about 82 kilometers
A fireball crosses the southern peninsula after entering the atmosphere at 72,000 km / hour
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A fireball flies over southern Spain at 54,000 km / hour
A bright ball of fire has crossed the sky of Castilla-La Mancha and Andalusia at 6:21 am this Sunday, a phenomenon that occurred when a rock from an asteroid entered the Earth’s atmosphere at high speed (96,000 kilometers per hour).
The phenomenon has been recorded by the detectors that the Southwest European Network of Blidos and Meteors operating in the Astronomical Complex of La Hita (Toledo), as reported by the Astrohita Foundation.
These detectors work within the framework of the SMART Project, which is coordinated by the Instituto de Astrofsica de Andaluca (IAA-CSIC) with the aim of continuously monitoring the sky to record and study the impact against the terrestrial atmosphere of rocks coming from different objects in the solar system.
The fireball has also been recorded by the detectors that this same research project has installed in the observatories of Sierra Nevada (Granada), Calar Alto (Almera), La Sagra (Granada), Seville and Madrid (Complutense University).
This phenomenon has been analyzed by the researcher responsible for the project, the astrophysicist Jos Mara Madiedo, of the Andalusian Institute of Astrophysics (IAA-CSIC), and has determined that the rock that originated this fireball entered the atmosphere at about 96,000 kilometers per hour over Andalusia, specifically over the northeast of the province of Jan.
Due to this high speed, the sudden friction with the air caused the rock to turn incandescent at a height of about 82 kilometers, and this incandescence was the one that generated the brilliant ball of fire that, due to its great luminosity, could be seen from more than 500 kilometers away. , becoming extinct over the southwest of the province of Albacete at an altitude of about 29 kilometers.
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