Fireball in the Sevillian skies on March 21st 2023

pathA bright fireball crossed Sevillian skies at 01h07 UT on March 21st 2023.

SMART Project’s detectors operated at Calar Alto (Almería), Huelva, La Hita (Toledo), Sierra Nevada (Granada), La Sagra (Granada), Seville and El Aljarafe (Seville) observatories registered this object.

Two of the external cameras operated at Calar Alto in Almería, also recorded the event.

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

  • Type of event: cometary
  • Initial speed: 67,000 km/h
  • Initial altitude: 91 km
  • Final altitude: 36 km

Below are the videos registered with the two external cameras operated by 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.