Fiery Night Attraction

There was a fireball appearance visible across Andalucía last night, including from within the province of Granada.

AND Fireball JA23The fireball was caused by part of an asteroid entering the Earth’s atmosphere and crossing the night’s sky above the Mediterranean between the southern coast of Spain and Northern Morocco heading to the latter.

According to astrophysicist, José María Madiedo at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC), the intensity of the light emitted turned the night to day for a few seconds after entering the atmosphere at 70,000 kilometres per hour.

During its brief trajectory it descended from 99 km up to only 18 km up, roughly above Douar Rmamna in Morocco before mostly being consumed by the intense heat.

However, according to Dr. Madiedo, a fragment made it to the ground in Morocco in the form of a meteorite.

(News: Andalucia)

  1 comment for “Fiery Night Attraction

  1. Diane
    January 21, 2023 at 8:57 pm

    I saw it!!! I have been looking for any reports but not seen any until now.

    We live up in Jete (above the municipal cemetery). In our living room my partner sits looking up towards the mountains and from my sofa I look out more towards the coast.

    It was already dark but early (not sure 7.30 or 8 o’clock maybe?) and we were watching tv.

    I suddenly spotted a very bright ball travelling super quick from left to right outside the window and immediately got up and went outside thinking it might have been an aircraft in trouble but didn’t see anything after that so assumed it was a meteor.

    Nice to get confirmation of that!

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