Bright fireball above north Seville's skies on June 9th 2020

pathOn June 9th 2020, at 21:30 UT (23:30 local time), SMART Project's detectors registered a bright fireball that flew above the north of the Seville province (Southwest Spain). This event could be observed from the south and center of Spain.

The phenomena could be registered by the SMART's detector operated at Calar Alto (Almería), Sierra Nevada (Granada), La Hita (Toledo) and Seville observatories.

This object has been analyzed by Professor José María Madiedo (researcher from Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía IAA-CSIC) who determined a the rock detached from a comet impacted against our atmosphere at a speed of 67.000 km/h. The impact at that speed caused the rock to burn and produced the luminous effect, starting at an altitude of about 100 km above the north part of Seville province (Southwest Spain), just above the town of El Pedroso. Then it moved northwestward finishing at an altitude of 61 km close to the limit with Badajoz province.

The path this object followed above Seville province is shown on the image.

Below are the videos registered from the SMART detector and the External west surveillance camera both 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.