March 1, 2005 daylight fireball over galicia (NW of Spain) and Minho (N. Portugal)

José Angel Docobo, Josep Maria Trigo-Rodríguez, Jiri Borovicka, Vakhtang S. Tamazian, Vera Assis Fernandes, Jordi Llorca

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A daylight bolide was observed over Galicia (NW Spain) and Minho (N. Portugal) on March 1, 2005 at 15 h10 min ± 3 min UTC. We interviewed 23 eyewitnesses of the event in order to obtain the azimuth, altitude, and slope of the fireball's trajectory. Reports suggest an atmospheric ending height below 20 km, indicating that meteorite survival was likely. From the reconstructed trajectory and the fireball's duration, we obtained the approximate heliocentric orbits for the meteoroid. Assuming an entry velocity higher than 20 km s1 which is consistent with its estimated duration, the meteoroid originated in the asteroid belt.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537-542
Number of pages6
JournalEarth, Moon and Planets
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2008


  • Meteoroids
  • Meteors


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