Author: Jose Maria Madiedo

Bright Leonid Fireball over Spain

The Leonids produced a brilliant fireball in the early morning of November 17. At 6:11 local time (5:11 universal time) on 17 November, a brilliant fireball flew over the centre of Spain. According to the preliminary analysis carried out by Professor José María Madiedo (University of huelva), principal researcher of the smart project, the event is a leonid that occurred as a result of the entry into the Earth’s atmosphere of a fragment of comet Tempel-Tuttle At a speed of about 260.000 miles per hour. The luminous phenomenon began at an altitude of about 139 km over the south...

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Orionids 2017 from Spain

This video shows an accelerated view (a “meteor-lapse”) of the meteor activity recorded during the peak of the 2017 Orionds. The images were obtained by one of the cameras operating in the framework of the SMART Project from La Sagra Astronomical Observatory (Granada,...

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Stunning fireball on 12 Sept. 2017 at 1:35 universal time

This amazing fireball was recorded on the night of 12 September 2017 at 3:35 local time (1:35 universal time). The event was produced over Spain by a fragment from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere. The fireball began at a height of about 84 km and ended at an altitude of around 31 km. It was recorded in the framework of the SMART Project from the astronomical observatories of Calar Alto (Almería), La Hita (Toledo, Spain), Sevilla and Huelva....

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Beautifull Perseid fireball on 5 August 2017

This beautifull Perseid fireball was recorded on 5 August 2017 at 4:20 local time (2:20 universal time). It was produced by a fragment of Comet Swift-Tuttle that impacted the atmosphere at about 210.000 km/h. The fireball began at a height of about 130 km and ended at an altitude of around 82 km above the ground level. It was recorded in the framework of the SMART Project from the astronomical observatories of La Hita (Toledo, Spain), Sevilla and...

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Large asteroidal fireball over Madrid

This stunning fireball overflew Toledo and Madrid on July 27 at 00:35 local time (22:35 Universal Time on July 26). The event was produced by a rock from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at around 54.000 km/h. The fireball began at a height of about 80 km and ended at an altitude of 45 km. It was recorded in the framework of the SMART Project from the astronomical observatories of Calar Alto (Almería, Spain) and La Hita (Toledo, Spain). The bolide was also detected from other meteor stations operated by the Spanish Meteor Netowk...

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