Fireball above Valencia (east Spain) on October 13th 2021

pathAt 20h29 UT of last October 13th 2021, a fireball flew above Valencia (east Spain) skies. 

This object was registered with the SMART Project's detector operated at Calar Alto (Almería), La Sagra (Granada), Sierra Nevada (Granada), La Hita (Toledo) and Madrid observatories. 

Calar Alto Observatory, in Almería, also could follow this event with two of the external surveillance webcams. 

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 had an asteroidal origin, and was caused by a rock which impacted against our atmosphere at an estimated speed of 47.000 km/h.

The luminous part of the phenomena started at an altitude of 81 km. Then the object moved northward and finished at an altitude of 32 km above the ground. 

As it is shown on the above image, all its path happened above Valencia province and finishing very close to Cuenca province (East Spain). 

Below are the videos that could be registered with the two external surveillance cameras operated at Calar Alto Observatory in Almería (South Spain).


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.