Meteorite hit over Spain

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(ORDO NEWS) — The fall of the meteorite was recorded over Spain on December 9th. It was almost as bright as the full moon. The fireball was observed by many casual eyewitnesses who reported it on social networks.

The event was generated by a rock (meteoroid) from asteroid 2004 TG10, which crashed into the atmosphere at a speed of about 107,000 km/h.

The fireball flew over the Atlantic Ocean. It began at an altitude of about 99 km above the Atlantic Ocean, moved southwest and ended at an altitude of about 64 km above the sea.

This bright meteor was recorded as part of the SMART project by the Southwest European Meteor Network (SWEMN) from meteor observation stations located in Seville, Huelva and La Sagra (Granada).

The event was analyzed by the principal investigator of the SMART project: Dr. José M. Madiedo of the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC).


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