Fireball passes through Spain’s sky at 72,000 kilometers per hour

A meteor passed Thursday night across the sky in central Spain, at 72,000 kilometers per hour, the Andalusian Astrophysics Institute announced on Friday, which captured the phenomenon.

The fireball, recorded at 11.05 pm on Thursday, resulted from the entry of rock material into the Earth’s atmosphere at a speed of 97,000 kilometers per hour over the western part of the province of Toledo.

Due to this high speed, the abrupt friction with the atmosphere caused the rocky material to be incandescent when it was at an altitude of 92 kilometers, generating a brilliant fireball that could be observed from a distance of more than 500 kilometers.

The fireball advanced in the northwest direction and extinguished when it was at an altitude of 43 kilometers over the city of Oropesa, after traveling 64 kilometers in the atmosphere.

His passage was recorded in several astronomical observatories under a project coordinated by the Andalusian Institute of Astrophysics and integrated in the Southwest European Bolides and Meteors Network, which aims to monitor the sky to record and study the impact on the Earth’s atmosphere rocks from different bodies of the Solar System.


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