Fireball above Ciudad Real and Córdoba provinces (South Spain) on June 9th


Last night of June 9th 2021, a fireball flew above Ciudad Real and Córdoba provinces (South Spain) at 03h09 UT.

The phenomena could be registered with the SMART Project's detectors operated at Calar Alto (Almería), Sierra Nevada (Granada), La Sagra (Granada), La Hita (Toledo), Seville and Madrid observatories.

pathThe Northwest surveillance camera operated at Calar Alto Observatory in Almería also registered the event.

Following the preliminary analysis carried out by Professor José María Madiedo (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía IAA-CSIC), and SMART project's PI, this event with asteroidal origin was an Arietid, and was caused by a rock which impacted against our atmosphere at an estimated speed of 155.000 km/h.

The luminous part of the phenomena started at an altitude of 105 km above Ciudad Real province. Then the object moved southwestward and finished at an altitude of 50 km above the ground just north of Córdoba city.

The image on the right shows the path this fireball followed above the South of Spain.

Below is the video registered with the Calar Alto Observatory external surveillance camera.

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.