On 28 March 2021, at 4h21m15s UT, a very bright fireball was spotted over Spain. According to the preliminary analysis of the event, this bolide was generated by a meteoroid that hit the Earth’s atmosphere at about 96,000 km/h. The meteoroid followed an asteroidal orbit before entering the atmosphere.
The fireball began at an altitude of about 82 km over the province of Jaén (Andalusia), and ended at a height of around 29 km over the province of Albacete (Castilla-La Mancha). This bright meteor was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, operated by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN) from the meteor-observing stations located at Sevilla, La Hita (Toledo), La Sagra (Granada), Sierra Nevada (Granada), Calar Alto (Almería), and Madrid (Jaime Izquierdo, Complutense University of Madrid). The event has been analyzed by the principal investigator of the SMART project: Dr. Jose M. Madiedo, from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC).