Spectroscopy and Orbital Analysis of Bright Bolides Observed over the Iberian Peninsula from 2010 to 2012

Madiedo, J. M.; Trigo-Rodriguez, J. M.; Ortiz, J. L.; Castro-Tirado, A. J.; Pastor, S.; de los Reyes, J. A.; Cabrera-Caño, J.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 435, Issue 3, p.2023-2032 (2013).


We present the analysis of the atmospheric trajectory and orbital data of four bright bolides observed over Spain, one of which is a potential meteorite dropping event. Their absolute magnitude ranges from -10 to -11. Two of these are of sporadic origin, although a Geminid and a kappa-Cygnid fireball are also considered. These events were recorded in the framework of the continuous fireball monitoring and spectroscopy campaigns developed by the SPanish Meteor Network (SPMN) between 2010 and 2012. The tensile strength of the parent meteoroids is estimated and the abundances of the main rock-forming elements in these particles are calculated from the emission spectrum obtained for three of these events. This analysis revealed a chondritic nature for these meteoroids.