The stunning fireball in this video was recorded over Spain on 2024 February 18, at 23:08 local time (equivalent to 22:08 universal time). It was almost as bright as the full Moon. The fireball was observed by a wide number of casual eyewitnesses, who reported it on social networks.
The event was generated by a rock (a meteoroid) from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at about 54,000 km/h. The fireball overflew the province of A Coruña (region of Galicia, northwest of Spain). It began at an altitude of about 89 km over the locality of Teixeiro (province of A Coruña), moved northwest, and ended at a height of around 25 km over the locality of A Torre de San Bartolomeu (province of A Coruña).
The preliminary analysis of this event shows that the rock was not fully destroyed: a small part of the meteoroid could have survived and reach the ground as a meteorite.
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 La Hita (Toledo), and Coruña. The event has been analyzed by the team headed by Dr. Jose M. Madiedo (principal investigator of the SMART project), from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC).
A dazzling fireball streaked across the night sky in the Region of Murcia on February 16, captivating residents and prompting numerous calls to emergency services. The spectacle, visible from various points across the community, occurred around 6:45 a.m. Witnesses in Bullas, the Alberca district in Murcia, and Cartagena reported sightings.
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Believed to be a meteorite or bolide, the celestial phenomenon left observers in awe as it gracefully shot across the night skies. While eyewitnesses marveled at the fiery display on Twitter, the space rock's descent remains unseen.
A bright fireball streamed this morning! This is a view of the fireball at 3:10:06 on February 18, 2024, as captured by a camera pointed north from Fuji. It brightened at the end and lit up the sky like lightning. It was a scattered meteor.