Malaga skies lit up by ball of fire on the Costa Del Sol

Rock from an asteroid: Crossed through Malaga province Credit: Smart

EARLY on Tuesday morning if you were lucky enough to be looking at the sky you may have spotted a bright fireball crossing Malaga province and the Costa del Sol.

At 1.58am SMART project detectors detected a fiery mass that crossed the sky of Seville, Malaga and Cádiz.

The event has been analyzed by the researcher responsible for the SMART Project, the astrophysicist José María Madiedo, of the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia who has determined that the rock, which came from an asteroid, entered the atmosphere at about 145,000 km / h.

The collision with the atmosphere at this enormous speed caused the rock to become incandescent, thus generating a fireball that began at an altitude of about 109 kilometres on the east of the province of Seville, almost on the vertical of the town of Martín de la Jara. From there it advanced in a southwest direction and crossed the western part of the province of Malaga and the Sierra de Cádiz.  The total length travelled in the atmosphere by this rock was about 115 kilometres.


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