Two fireballs have been observed from the Calar Alto Observatory in Almería on September 1th, 2022.
The first one occurred at 01:49 UT on september 1th, it crossed the sky of Elche to end up over the province of Murcia. No data is available for the second fireball, only the time of the event: 04:01 UT. The SMART Project detectors that recorded the event are those operated at the observatories of Calar Alto in Almería, La Sagra in Granada, El Aljarafe, Seville, Huelva and La Hita in Toledo.
In any case, some of the external surveillance cameras of the Calar Alto Observatory were able to record both objects. The image on the left shows the trajectory followed by the first fireball crossing the sky of Elche to end up in the province of Murcia, while in the image on the right we can see the second fireball as seen from the observatory.
The preliminary analysis carried out by Professor José María Madiedo (IAA-CSIC Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia) has concluded that it is a commentary event, which has impacted our atmosphere at an estimated speed of about 162,000 km/h.
The light part of the event has started at an altitude of 96 km above the city of Elche. The object then moved in a southerly direction towards the province of Murcia ending at a final height of 70km.
Below are the videos that have been recorded with the external cameras operated from the Calar Alto Observatory in Almería.
- Fireball at 01:49 UT:
- Fireball at 04:01 UT:
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.