Fireball above Ciudad Real province (mid-south Spain) on the first of December 2021


A bright ball of fire could be seen on the first of December 2021  above Castilla La Mancha skies at 22n59 UT.

This phenomenon has been recorded by the detectors that the SMART Project operates in the Calar Alto (Almería), Sierra Nevada (Granada), La Sagra (Granada), La Hita (Toledo), Madrid and Seville observatories.

Likewise, one external surveillance camera from the Calar Alto Observatory in Almería was also able to record this event.

As usual, Professor José María Madiedo (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía IAA-CSIC) has carried out the preliminary analysis of this object and his conclusions have been as follows:

  • Event type: Asteroidal.
  • Estimated Speed: 80.000 km/h.
  • Initial altitude: 91 km
  • Final altitude: 43 km

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

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.