José María Madiedo reports on Facebook about a spectacular fireball recorded on 31 March at Castile-La Mancha, Spain. This amazing fireball turned the night into day for a fraction of a second. It was observed on 31 March 2016 at 2h36m UT. The event was produced by the impact of a cometary fragment with the atmosphere at a velocity of about 90.000 km/h. Watch the video on youtube:
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I have been interested in astronomy for as long as I can remember. I got involved in meteor observing in 1975 and from the beginning I started to establish international contacts to share meteor observations. As director of the VVS meteor section, I edited a monthly newsletter Werkgroepnieuws since 1978 which I upgraded in 1980 into an international Journal (WGN). From 1975 till 1996 I made many visual observations. I have a great interest in meteor literature and its history. My personal correspondence developed into a worldwide network of correspondents, including most of the active meteor amateurs at that time. I was one of the driving forces behind the Meteor Seminär and International Meteor Weekends in the 1980s which became the International Meteor Conference (IMC). One achievement of these meetings in the aftermath of the International Halley Watch and with the support of the IAU Commission 22 was the acceptance of a standardized methodology for visual meteor observing and reporting in 1986. This method was promoted with the Handbook for Visual Meteor Observers published by the Sky Publishing corporation. Using my correspondents’ network, I created the International Meteor Organization (IMO) in 1988, the same year I also developed the Visual Meteor Database to collect visual meteor observations worldwide. I like to write and to edit meteor articles which I did for WGN, handbooks and 10 conference Proceedings and since 2016 for MeteorNews. I participate with 16 video cameras in the CAMS-BeNeLux network and in the Global Meteor Network. I make mainly meteor shower analysis based on meteor orbit data. Since years, I am no longer a member of any organization. I prefer to focus on meteor work independant from any society.
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