19 May, 2024 @ 12:55
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WATCH: Huge fireball ‘meteor’ is spotted in the skies above Spain and Portugal after entering the atmosphere at 160,000km/hr – so did YOU see it?

A HUGE fireball has been spotted flying above southern and central Spain and parts of Portugal.

The Calar Alto Observatory in Gergal, Almeria, confirmed the passing of the ‘meteor’ in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The scientific outpost said the ‘really large fireball’ crossed the skies of both Spain and Portugal at around 12.46am.

The alien object was also detected by several other observatories, including in Toledo, Huelva, Sierra Nevada in Granada, Sevilla and Tarragona.

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Scientists branded the event as ‘spectacular’, while many took to social media to share videos and pictures of the moment.

According to the preliminary analysis carried out by Professor José María Madiedo (Andalusian Institute of Astrophysics IAA-CSIC), the object had a cometary origin, and entered the atmosphere at a speed of 161,000km/hr .

It began to ignite some 122km above sea level, before going dark at around 54km.

The Calar Alto detection station (CAHA), together with the station that the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) has in Sierra Nevada, and others located in different parts of Spain, are part of the Smart project led by Madiedo.

Laurence Dollimore

Laurence has a BA and MA in International Relations and a Gold Standard diploma in Multi-Media journalism from News Associates in London. He has almost a decade of experience and previously worked as a senior reporter for the Mail Online in London.

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