Bright fireball over the Iberian peninsula
Again a fireball flew over the centre and south of the Iberian Peninsula the 13th of April. Casual witnesses were stunned by the bright flash that lit up the sky. Some amateur astronomers were also enjoying stargazing that clear night, like Leonor Ana Hernández that took this picture in AstroHita. The images and videos shown here were taken by the cameras of the Spanish Meteor and Fireball Network (SPMN) at the station in Villaverde del Ducado (Guadalajara). As may be seen the fireball lit up the roofs of the houses. Other cameras, at Observatorio UCM, also recorded the event.
José María Madiedo (Universidad de Huelva - SPMN) has determined the atmospheric trajectory using records from several nodes of the network. The object impacted the atmosphere faster than 20km/s in the vertical of Villamuelas (Toledo), disintegrating completely at around 70km high over Serranillos del Valle (Madrid).