April 15, 2013

Meteor explodes in a ball of fire above Spain - Apr 15, 2013 (Video)

A brilliant ball of flame streaked across the sky above the Spanish capital Madrid, dazzling stargazers and astronomers alike.

The celestial display was so bright it could be seen across the entire country.

The eye-popping moment was caught on camera by the Hita Observatory at the University of Huelva at around 11:45pm local time (21:45 GMT).

The object struck the atmosphere above the Villamuelas district in the province of Toledo, southwest of Madrid.

The impact was so abrupt that the object immediately caught fire, creating a ball of flame around 100 kilometers above the Earth,” The meteor then shot towards Madrid at over 75,000 kilometers an hour before disintegrating completely at an altitude of 70 kilometers.

The explosion as the fireball entered the atmosphere sparked comparisons with the 500-kiloton explosion caused by the meteorite that fell over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in February.


source: RT

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