Comet fragments explode over Spain weeks after lighting up Gibraltar

Section of comet Encke crashes into Mediterranean after dazzling night-time display

LAST UPDATED: 29 Oct, 2015 @ 15:46
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A COMET explosion over southern Spain lit up the sky brighter than the full moon early on Wednesday morning.

Fragments from the comet Encke entered the earth’s atmosphere at 100kmh at around 03.05 local time.

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COMET: Lights up night sky over Spain

The ball of fire headed north-east before extinguishing 25km above the Mediterranean.

A tiny part of the comet is believed to have survived the impact and landed in the sea, a very rare phenomenon.

The comet’s path was tracked in astronomy observatories in Almeria and Sevilla.

A second fragment exploded close to Madrid on Wednesday night.

On October 6, fragments from Encke lit up the Straits of Gibraltar in the early hours.

 



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