Meteorite fall observed in the sky over Spain

A very bright fireball was recorded over southern Spain at 20:25 UTC on September 15, 2021. The event lasted about 8 seconds and was seen by a large number of people across the country.

The high temperature reached during re-entry caused the fireball to form, which started at an altitude of about 91 kilometers (56 miles) over the province of Badajoz.

The fireball moved in a northwesterly direction and ended at an altitude of about 22 km (13 miles) over the same province.

Preliminary analysis by the principal investigator of the SMART project: Dr. Jose M. Madiedo of the Andalusian Institute of Astrophysics (IAA-CSIC) shows that the meteorite was not completely destroyed – a small part of the object may have reached earth.

This event was recorded by the SMART project of the Southwest European Meteor Network (SWEMN), from meteorite observing stations located in the astronomical observatories of Calar Alto (Almería), Sierra Nevada (Granada), La Sagra, La Hita and Seville.

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