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Burning “fireballs” recorded in Spain and Morocco

Two meteors entered the Earth’s atmosphere above Spain and Morocco, attracting the attention of researchers and astronomers.

Last September, several astronomical agencies observed “fireballs” passing through the skies of northwestern Morocco. (Reuters Archive)

Astronomers at the Andalusian Institute for Astrophysics (IAA) have witnessed the rapid passage of two bright meteors across the skies of Spain and Morocco.

The Institute’s smart project detection system recorded the first meteorite at 00:26 GMT in northern Spain on Sunday and the second meteorite at 02:16 GMT in northern Morocco on Sunday.

Saturday’s “Fireball” entered the Earth’s atmosphere at a recorded speed of 64,000 km / h, and Sunday’s “Fireball” entered at 255,000 km / h, creating a meteor trail visible from Spain.

Jose M. Madiedo, a researcher at the Institute’s Moon Impact Detection and Analysis System (MIDAS), said that the brightness of Sunday’s space objects above the sky in Morocco was “similar to the full moon, so in southern Spain. I could see it from Andalusia. ” ..

“The rocks that cross the Earth’s orbit are called meteors,” he explained, saying that Sunday’s “fireball” began at an altitude of 146 kilometers above eastern Morocco.

Both events were registered with some of the external cameras operating at the Karal Alto Observatory in Almeria.

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Other recorded events

Morocco has witnessed similar events in recent months. Last September, several astronomical agencies observed a “fireball” passing through the northwestern part of the kingdom.

In May 2020, the American Meteorological Society announced that two meteors had landed in Morocco. A team of Moroccan researchers at Hassan II University in Casablanca have announced the success of their mission to track two meteorites that have fallen to the south of the country.

The meteorite on Sunday showed several eruptions, which caused a sudden increase in its brightness. The “Fireball” traveled a total distance in the atmosphere for about 198 kilometers.

The smart project detector operates within the framework of the Southwestern European Meteor Network (SWEMN). This network aims to constantly monitor the sky to record and investigate the impact of rocks from various sources on the Earth’s atmosphere.

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