A fireball was witnessed streaking across the skies of Spain’s Costa del Sol travelling at a very high velocity
Various witnesses have seen a fireball fly over the eastern part of Andalusia in recent hours that entered the atmosphere at a speed of 80,000 kilometres per hour, according to data available to Smart, a project of the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalucia and operated by The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).
Scientist José María Madiedo observed the phenomenon and reported it on his social media networks. The fireball apparently occurred as a result of a rock from a comet, which entered the atmosphere at 80,000 kilometres per hour. Smart detectors operating within the framework of the Southwest Europe Fireball and Meteor Network detected the object.
That incandescence could be seen in the form of a fireball and began at an altitude of about 79 kilometres above the town of Villacarrillo (Jaén). From that point it advanced in a northwesterly direction, finally becoming extinct at an altitude of about 44 kilometres above the town of Aldeaquemada (Jaén).
It is not the first time that an asteroidal fireball has left a trace in the skies of Andalucia and across the rest of the Iberian Peninsula. On October 15, 2022, it was reported that one of them had crossed the skies of several Andalucian provinces at an estimated speed of 53,000 kilometres per hour. That event was also recorded by the detectors of the Smart Project.