Author: Jose Maria Madiedo

Meteorite fall on Nov. 16

This meteor event was recorded over the Atlantic Ocean on Nov. 16 at 0:06 universal time. The event was produced by a fragment from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at about 54000 km/h. The fireball began at an altitude of around 90 km over the sea, and ended at a height of about 27 km. The analysis of its atmospheric path shows that this was a meteorite-producing event. The meteorite would have fallen into the sea. The event was recorded by the meteor observing stations operated by the SMART Project (University of Huelva) from Sevilla and...

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Stunning Leonid meteor over Spain on Nov. 18

On Nov. 18, at 4:35 local time (3:35 universal time) a very bright (mag. -8) Leonid meteor was spotted over Spain. It was produced by a fragment from Comet Temple-Tuttle that hit the atmosphere at about 260.000 km/h. The event begun at an altitude of around 133 km over the province of Jaen and ended at a height of about 83 km over the province of Cordoba. It was recorded in the framework of the SMART Project (University of Huelva) from the astronomical observatories of La Hita (Toledo), Calar Alto (Almería), La Sagra (Granada), Huelva and Sevilla. This video shows this event as spotted from La Hita Astronomical Observatory...

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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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