New fireball last evening March 7th 2020


A new fireball could be observed last evening, March 7th 2020, at 19:33 UT (20:33 local time)

This object has been registered with the SMART Project's detectors operated at La Sagra (Granada), Sierra Nevada (Granada), La Hita (Toledo) and Seville.

As it happened others occasions,  the external surveillance webcams located at Calar Alto Observatory (Almería) recorded this event that happed northwest from this observatory.

Following the preliminary analysis carried out by José María Madiedo (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, IAA-CSIC), PI of the SMART Project, this object had an asteroidal origin. A rock detached from an asteroid impacted against our atmosphere at an estimated speed of 54.000 km/h.

The luminous part of the event started about 78 km above the southwest part of Ciudad Real province in Castilla La Mancha (mid-southwest Spain). The fireball then moved northeastward and finished about 38 km above the same province.

The upper left image shows the path this object followed above Ciudad Real province.

And below is the video that could be registered with the west external surveillance webcam operated at Calar Alto Observatory in 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 (IAA) to track that kind of objects. Specifically, Calar Alto (CAHA) station and the one at Sierra Nevada (IAA-CSIC) constitute a collaboration agreement between the IAA researcher José María Madiedo and both institutions.