Fireball over Granada (South Spain) on September 9th 2016


About 3:27 local time (1:27 UT), fireball detectors from SMART Project registered a fireball that flew over Granada province (Andalucía - South Spain). This event could be recorded from fireball detection stations that SMART Project operates at Calar Alto, La Sagra, Huelva and Sevilla observatories. Together with SMART's detectors, Calar Alto Observatory surveillance South and West webcams could record the object too.

pathThe preliminar analysis carried out by the SMART's PI, Professor José María Madiedo (Huelva University) shows that this fireball was generated at an altitude of about 88 km above Mediterranean Sea, moving then northeastward towards Iberian Peninsula, entering into Granada province and finishing at an altitude of about 35 km above the ground.

As it can be seen from the left image, its trajectory was very similar to the one followed by the last event recorded until today, the fireball originated last August 30 and which started as well over the Mediterranean Sea and flew over Málaga province in that case. 

The lines at the top and bottom of the fireball are the object's spectrum emission.

Below are the videos recorded with the fireball detection station and with both south and west Calar Alto Observatory surveillance webcams.



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 (University of Huelva) to track that kind of objects. Specifically, Calar Alto (CAHA) station and the one at Sierra Nevada (IAA-CSIC) constitute a collaboration agreement between Professor Madiedo and both institutions.