Fireball over the sky of Cordoba on May 18th.


At 01h01 UT on May 18, the SMART Project detectors operated from the Calar Alto, Sierra Nevada, Seville, La Sagra (Granada), Huelva, El Aljarafe and La Hita (Toledo) observatories recorded the passage of a new ball of fire that lit up the Cordovan sky.

Once again, the external cameras of the Calar Alto Observatory in Almería were able to capture this beautiful moment.

The object on May 18 was a fireball with asteroidal origin. The luminous part of the event started at an altitude of 99 km on Cordoba province (south Spain). The fireball then moved northeastward and finished about Pozoblanco at an altitude of 58 km above the ground. The initial speed of this object was 108.000 km/h. The path this fireball followed above the ground is shown on the left image.

Below are the videos that have been recorded with the external cameras of the Calar Alto Observatory in Almería.

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.