A long and very bright fireball on February 18th 2018 early morning

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February 18th 2018

This weekend is being especially active in South Spain's skies as far as fireball are concerned. Besides the ones observed during nights of 16th and 17th, last early morning it has been possible observing a long and bright fireball flying on the skies of Albacete, Murcia and Alicante (Southeast Spain) at 04:41 UT (05:41 local time). This phenomena could be registered from SMART Proyect's detector operated at Calar Alto (Almería), La Hita (Toledo), La Sagra (Granada) and Sevilla observatories, as well as with the Calar Alto Observatory (Almería) external surveillance webcams.

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Two fireballs during night of February 16th to 17th, 2018

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February 17th 2018

During the night of February 16th to 17th 2018, two fireballs could be registered over Andalucia's skies. These two are the first registered fireballs in 2018. The first one flew over Córdoba province (South Spain), and happened at 20:52 UT (21:52 local time) of February 16th. It was registered with the detectors of the SMART Project that operate at Calar Alto (Almería), La Sagra (Granada), Sierra Nevada (Granada), La Hita (Toledo) and Sevilla. The second fireball (left image), which happened on Murcia Region (Southwest Spain) skies, was registered on February 17 at 01:10 UT (02:10 local time). 

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This year the Christmas star was one day ahead

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December 23th 2017

This beautiful fireball happened one day before Christmas Eve, on December 23rd 2017 at 21:07 UT (22:07 local time). It flew over Mediterranean Sea in front of Almería's coasts (Southeast Spain). This event could be registered with SMART detectors located at Calar Alto (Almería), La Sagra (Granada), Sierra Nevada (Granada), La Hita (Toledo) and Sevilla observatories. Together with SMART detectors at Calar Alto Observatory, the East external surveillance cameras of this observatory could also record this object.

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Geminids or how to test Calar Alto Observatory skies quality

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December 15th 2017

It is known that Calar Alto Observatory has one of the best skies around the world. But a proof of the clearness of them is the fact that with a simple webcam a fireball from the Geminid meteor shower that happened above the Spanish northern province of Palencia (nearly 600 km away from Calar Alto Observatory) was registered.

The event took place last December 14th 2017 at 4:48 local time (3:48 UT) and was part of the Geminid meteor shower.

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Geminid meteor shower on December 14th 2017

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December 14th 2017

After a very intense night of Geminids, one of them, and another fireball not belonging to the Geminid metor shower stood out in the skies of Spain.

Geminid meteor shower occurs between December 4th and 17th approximately. The main peak normally occurs on December 14th (as the last night). The progenitor body is the asteroid (3200) Phaeton, which is the third asteroid in size of the Solar System with an average diameter of about 512 km. Normally the meteors of this shower have a low speed, so only a few of them show persistent trails. However this shower produces very bright fireballs, as the ones that were registered last night.

But last night, not only Geminids were observed, but also a fireball that flew of Morocco.

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