Fireball Lights Up Night Sky

Dozens of people saw it in Granada, though it was visible in the rest of Spain and Portugal, crossing the sky with a burst of light that literally turned night into day.

GRA Fireball 18MY24 Many thought that it was a meteorite but in reality it was a fireball that streaked across the heavens not much after midnight (00.46h) Sunday morning.

People witnessed it right across the Iberian Peninsular; in Andalucia, Castilla-La Mancha, Extremadura, and even as far north as Galicia and the north of neighbouring Portugal.

According to an astrophysicist expert, the rock entered the atmosphere 122 kilometres up, more or less over Don Benitos (Badajoz) heading north west and emitted a series of explosions as it struggled with the Earth’s atmosphere, breaking into smaller pieces.

It’s trajectory finished 54 kilometres up over Atlantic Ocean and all of its debris burned up in the Earth’s atmosphere. The intensity of the burst of light could be seen 800 kilometres away.

(News/Noticias: Granada, Andalucia)

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