Fireball crosses the center of Andalucia


At 21:40 UT on September 8th, 2023, a fireball could be seen crossing the sky over the center of Andalucia between the provinces of Granada and Córdoba in a northern direction.

This object was registered in the SMART Project detectors operated in Calar Alto (Almería), Sierra Nevada and La Sagra (Granada), La Hita (Toledo), Sevilla and Huelva observatories.

On this occasion, two of the external surveillance web cameras that operate at the Calar Alto Observatory in Almería also recorded the beautiful event.

The preliminary analysis of this event was carried out by Professor José María Madiedo (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía IAA-CSIC). His conclusions are the next:

Type of event: asteroidal
Initial speed: 57,000 km/h
Initial altitude: 88 km
Final altitude: 26 km

As shown in the image, this fireball moved from the province of Jaén to the northwest of Andalusia, towards Ciudad Real.

Below are the videos of the Calar Alto Observatory external cameras.



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.