'Great Balls of Fire' whoosh through skies in south Spain

Author thumbnail
Emma Anderson - [email protected]
'Great Balls of Fire' whoosh through skies in south Spain
Screenshot of "ball of fire" over Spain from Meteors YouTube channel.

Observatories recorded brilliant footage of two different meteors plummeting towards Spain at the weekend.


Residents near Badajoz got a "spectacular" light show of extraterrestrial nature at the weekend.

Observatories from the University of Huelva recorded a meteor falling towards Earth at 3:42am on Sunday morning. The cosmic object entered the Earth's atmosphere, speeding at 120,000 km/h, according to professor José María Madiedo who first posted a video of the event online.

The meteor started at an altitude of 100 km roughly above Badajoz and headed southwest towards the border with Portugal until it burned up at a height of 42 km above Earth.

Madiedo called the sight of the fireball "amazing" while others on social media called it "awesome" and "spectacular".

One Twitter user suggested that it could be a sign that the "apocalypse is going to come".

A similar meteor was recorded just the day before on Saturday over northern Africa in Morocco. According to Madiedo, citizens of southern and central Spain were able to see the stream of light as well. The University of Huelva's observatories in the regions of Toledo and Andalusia recorded images as well of Saturday's fireball.

(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));

BOLA DE FUEGO SOBREVUELA EL NORTE DE ÁFRICA. El evento fue ampliamente observado desde el sur y el centro de la Pení...

Posted by on Saturday, February 20, 2016

In November, scientists were baffled to discover that three mysterious objects had fallen from outer space to land in Spain.


Join the conversation in our comments section below. Share your own views and experience and if you have a question or suggestion for our journalists then email us at [email protected].
Please keep comments civil, constructive and on topic – and make sure to read our terms of use before getting involved.

Please log in to leave a comment.

See Also