Fireball on May 30th 2020 above Teruel province (mid-east Spain)

Last night, May 30 path2020, at 21:16 UT (19:16 local time) a bright fireball flew above Teruel province (mid-east Spain).

This event could be registered by the SMART Project stations operated at Calar Alto (Almería), La Sagra (Granada) and Seville observatories.

Following the prelimiray analysis carried out by Professor José María Madiedo (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía. IAA-CSIC), the event had an asteroidal origin.

A rock detached from an asteroid impacted against our atmosphere at a speed of about 79.000 km/h. The luminous event started at an altitude of 92 km above Teruel province. Then, the object moved northwestward mainly above Teruel, and finished just in the vertical of the border between Zaragoza and Teruel provinces at an altitude of 45 km above the ground.

The path this fireball followed above Teruel and Zaragoza provinces is shown on the above image, while below is the video that could be registered with the north surveillance webcam located 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 (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.