Author: Jose Maria Madiedo

Stunning fireball on August 30

This bolide was observed over the South of Spain on 30 Aug. 2016, at 01:57 UT (03:57 local time). The meteoroid impacted the atmosphere at about 130.000 km/h and produced a fireball that began at a height of 97 km over the Mediterranean Sea. The event ended at an altitude of about 37 km over Andalusia...

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Alpha-Capricornid fireballs in July

Several alpha-Capricornid fireballs have been recorded over Spain in the framework of the SMART Project during the end of July. On July 27, a mag. -10 event was observed over the South of Spain at 2:24:57 UT. A video of this meteor can be found on Youtube: https://youtu.be/IGZiL2gcXVY Besides, two additional alpha-Capricornids were observed on the night of 29 July 2016 at 0:45 and 2:08 UT, respectively. The first event had a magnitude of -12 and the second one was even brighter  (mag. -13). This Youtube video shows both fireballs: https://youtu.be/jFgIsM-0F5g.   The photo below shows a sum-pixel image of the...

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2016 Perseids: outreach video.

In order to promote the observation of the Perseids in August 2016 I have prepared an outreach video. The video contains computer animations and actual footage related to this meteor shower. It has been released by the University of Huelva and the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia in two versions: English and Spanish. The link to the English version on Youtube is the following one: And you can view also the version in Spanish under this...

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Bright alpha-Capricornid fireball over North of Africa

A fireball brighter than the Full Moon was recorded on 8 July 2016 over the North of Africa, at 21:05:47 UT by several meteor-observing stations operating in Spain in the framework of the SMART Project. The analysis of the event, which was also witnessed by numerous casual observers along Spain, reveals that it was produced by an alpha-Capricornid meteoroid. A video on Youtube of this bolide can be found by following this link: https://youtu.be/OCj5xC2Y89U...

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