TWO FRAGMENTS of the comet Encke scraped against the Earth’s atmosphere during the early hours of yesterday morning and and this morning.
The fragments could be observed best from areas in the south of Spain.
The Astrohita Foundation reportedly observed the bright lights from their astronomical complex in La Hita, Toledo.
The exact moment of the phenomenon was recorded on Saturday morning was 0:46 am.
On Sunday morning the phenomenon could be seen again at 4:54 am.
Yesterday morning (Saturday November 3) scientists reported “a ball of fire brighter than the full Moon flew over the south of the country and its luminosity was so unusually large that in the southeast of Spain the night became in day for a moment.”
Despite heavy cloud cover during Saturday morning, the phenomenon was registered by the detectors at the Astronomical Complex of La Hita as well as in astronomical observatories in La Sagra (Granada), Sierra Nevada (Granada) and Sevilla.
The fragment of the comet Encke that scraped the atmosphere is believed to have only been a metre wide in diameter, yet the phenomenon could be witnessed from 400,000 km away.