Earth, Moon, and Planets

, Volume 68, Issue 1–3, pp 217–222 | Cite as

The spectrum of fireball light taken with a 2-m telescope

  • Jiří Borovička
  • Jaime Zamorano
Article

Abstract

A bright fireball appeared on the sky during the spectrophotometric observations with the 2.2-m telescope at the Calar Alto Observatory. The CCD spectrum of the scattered light of the fireball has been recorded. The spectrum is typical for a very bright, slowly moving fireball. For the first time, the spectral region 6600 – 7150 Å could be studied in such a case. Six spectral lines were identified here, the most remarkable being the lithium line at 6708 Å. The estimated lithium abundance proved to be consistent with meteoritic values.

Key words

meteors spectra lithium 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jiří Borovička
    • 1
  • Jaime Zamorano
    • 2
  1. 1.Astronomical InstituteOndřjov ObservatoryCzech Republic
  2. 2.Dept. AstrofisicaUniversidad ComplutenseMadridSpain

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