'Huge ball of fire' spotted in sky over Spain

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13 April 2005, MADRID - A meteorite which residents described as a "huge ball of fire" was spotted over the eastern Spanish regions of Catalonia and Valencia, according to astronomers in the region.

13 April 2005

MADRID - A meteorite which residents described as a "huge ball of fire" was spotted over the eastern Spanish regions of Catalonia and Valencia, according to astronomers in the region.

"We received scores of calls from witnesses, who at first thought it was an asteroid flashing past. But judging from its size it was a meteorite," said a spokesman for a Catalonia-based astronomers' association.

Motorists spotted the glowing sphere from the motorway linking Spain with southern France and reported seeing it break up into fragments.

The meteorite glowed a greenish hue as it sped through the atmosphere on a northeast-southeast trajectory.

"That leads us to think it fell into the sea," the spokesman said.

The observatory at Valencia University said it estimated the celestial body had been travelling at around 10,000km per hour when it entered the atmosphere.

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Subject: Spanish news

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