This meteor event was recorded over Andalusia and the Mediterranean Sea on 9 July 2018 at 5:13 local time (3:13 universal time). The sporadic event was produced by a fragment from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at about 65000 km/h. The mag. -12 +-1 fireball began at an altitude of around 89 km over the province of Almería, and ended at a height of about 31 km over the Sea. The analysis of its atmospheric path and the terminal point of the trajectory shows that this was a potential meteorite-producing event. The meteorite would have fallen into the sea, but with a small mass of just a few grams. The event was recorded by the meteor observing stations operated by the SMART Project (University of Huelva) from the astronomical observatories of Calar Alto (Almería), La Sagra (Granada), La Hita (Toledo) and Sevilla.
About The Author
PhD in Astrophysics and PhD in Chemistry. I currently work as Associated Doctor at the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC). I am the coordinator of the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN), which operates in Spain and neighbouring areas (www.swemn.org). I am running the SMART Project (Spectroscopy of Meteoroids in the Atmosphere by means of Robotic Technologies). In the framework of this survey I currently operate over 80 high-sensitivity video cameras and spectrographs from 10 different observatories, together with three systems for the detection of radio meteors. I also conduct the MIDAS Project (Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System) together with the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA), to detect and analyze impact flashes produced by meteoroids that hit the lunar surface.
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