Bright fireball above Madrid and Toledo Provinces on the second of April


At 19h28 UT of last second of April, a bright fireball passed above Madrid and, mainly, Toledo provinces.

The object could be registered with the SMART Project’s detectors operated at Calar Alto (Almería), Huelva, La Hita (Toledo), Sierra Nevada (Granada), La Sagra (Granada), Seville y El Aljarafe (Seville).

pathTwo of the external cameras of Calar Alto Observatory in Almería also followed this event.

The preliminary analysis of this phenomena was carried out by Professor José María Madiedo (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía IAA-CSIC), PI of the SMART Project. The data extracted from this analysis is as follows:

  • Type of event: asteroidal
  • Initial speed: 49,000 km/h
  • Initial altitude: 88 km
  • Final altitude: 24 km

It is important to remark that probably part of this meteor reached the ground in form of a meteorite.

The picture on the right shows the path this fireball followed above the ground

Below are the videos that could be registered with two 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.