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This fireball passed over the Mediterranean sea on August 4th, 2014 at 22:22:04 UT.  This is the first object observed with the new fireballs detection station that Prof. José María Madiedo in collaboration with Calar Alto, installed at this observatory.

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This courious phenomenon took place on June 2nd, 2014, just after midnight. With a magnitude of -12 ± 2, this bright object crossed the whole camera field of view. It was observed in different parts of Andalucia, Extremadura, Castilla-La Mancha and Murcia. 

Initially, it was considered the possibility of an earthgrazer that crossed the atmosphere upper layers and continue travelling on space. But, was it really that? If you want to know what was this object in fact, and see the complete video sequence, please read on...  

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In the early morning of July the 13th 2012, a cometary fragment impacted the Earth over the Iberian Peninsula and caused one of the most dramatic fireballs of the last decades. Even though the phenomenon occurred over the centre of the Peninsula, it was observed from many places of the Iberian geography, Calar Alto among them…