Fireball on January 26th 2019 above north of Albacete province (mid-south Spain)


pathOn January 26th 2019 at 23:22 UT (00:22 of January 27th local time) a fireball flew above Albacete (mid-south Spain) province. The image on the right shows the path above the ground this object followed.

This phenomena could be registered with the SMART Project's detectors operated at Calar Alto (Almería), La Sagra (Granada), La Hita (Toledo) and Sevilla observatories.

The event could also be recorded with the north surveillance webcam located at Calar Alto Observatory (Almería).

The SMART Project's PI, Professor José María Madiedo (University of Huelva) has achieved the analysis of this fireball and it showed that this object had a cometary origin. It entered in our atmosphere at a speed of about 80.000 km/h, with an initial altitude of 97 km and a final altitude of 65 km above the ground.

The whole event happened above the mentioned province of Albacete.

Below are the videos registered with the surveillance webcam and with the SMART detector, both operated at Calar Alto Observatory (Almería).


Calar Alto (CAHA) fireball detection station, together with the one at the Observatory of Sierra Nevada (IAA-CSIC) and others placed at different locations in Spain, are part of the S.M.A.R.T. project led by Professor José María Madiedo (University of Huelva) to track that kind of objects. Specifically, Calar Alto (CAHA) station and the one at Sierra Nevada (IAA-CSIC) constitute a collaboration agreement between Professor Madiedo and both institutions.