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CAMS Meteoroid Orbit Database v2.0
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Day-by-day tally

Meteorite falls:
Creston fall (2015-10-24)
Chelyabinsk fall (2013-02-15)
Novato fall (2012-10-17)
Sutter's Mill fall (2012-04-22)

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California map of station locations.
map NZ
NewZealand map of station locations.
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BeNeLux map of station locations.
map MA
Atlantic map of station locations.
map FL
Florida map of station locations.

Key Personnel:

Dr. Peter Jenniskens,
SETI Institute, Principal Investigator
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Peter S. Gural,
S.A.I.C., meteor detection algoritms

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Matt Day and Lorena Perez,
Border Collie Solutions, Inc., video surveillance

Rick Morales,
Fremont Peak Observatory

Bryant Grigsby,
CAMS station at Lick Observatory
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Jim Albers,
CAMS station Sunnyvale

Dave Samuels,
Single CAMS networks

Jeremie Vaubaillon,
Observatoire de Paris, France, Meteor stream dynamics modelling
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David Nesvorny,
SWRI, Boulder, zodiacal dust cloud modelling
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Carl Johannink,
Coordination BeNeLux network

FP - Fremont Peak Observatory:
LO - Lick Observatory:
SV - Sunnyvale:
FH - Foresthill Clear Sky Clock:

CAMS Florida Clear Sky Clock:
CAMS Atlantic Clear Sky Clock:

News blog:

UAE station 1

2016, January 28 - Tonight was first light for station 1 in the United Arab Emirates Astronomical Camera Network. Based on the single-CAMS approach, this future CAMS network will deploy three stations of 16 cameras each, as well as an independent all-sky video camera. The network is sponsored by the UAE Space Agency. Dave Samuels and Steve Rau worked with principal investigator Mohammad Odeh to set up the scripts.

2016, January 3 - cover Happy New Year! The new CAMS-related articles in the journal Icarus (1 March 2016 issue, Vol. 266, pages 331-354, 355-370, 371-383, and 384-409, respectively) are now available online (free download until February 28):
I. The Established Meteor Showers as observed by CAMS
II. CAMS Confirmation of Previously Reported Meteor Showers
III. CAMS Verification of Single-Linked High-Threshold D-Criterion Detected Meteor Showers
IV. CAMS Newly detected showers and the sporadic background

2016, January 2 - Phil Bland and Robert Howle report the first recovery of a meteorite by the Desert Fireball Network in Australia. The meteorite is an ordinary chondrite. "There's obviously a lot we'll do with the meteorite, but it's great to know that the system works!", says Bland.

2015, December 22 - A paper "Evidene for 2009WN25 being the parent body of the November i-Draconids (NID)" by Marco Micheli, David J. Tholen and Peter Jenniskens was accepted for publication in Icarus. In this paper, Marco compares modeling results of meteoroid stream dynamics to the CAMS data obtained for this shower. [Article downloadable on Arxiv]


2015, December 10 - Pete Gural created this compilation of the Geminid meteor shower observed as single tracks by CAMS in the night of December 13, 2012. The meteors' path in the sky are plotted in gnomonic projection, moving in straight lines against the star background. Each streak is color coded to show the angular velocity, with meteors further from the radiant appearing swifter.

2015, December 1 - The CAMS Meteoroid Orbit Database version 2.0 was released today, containing data up to the end of March, 2013. This data is discussed in the recent Icarus papers.

Sporadic distribution
The distribution of semi-major axis for sporadic meteors observed by CAMS (about 1-cm sized meteoroids), and by the radar systems CMOR (0.1-cm) and AMOR (0.01-cm). Note that CAMS data contain some of the same Poynting-Robertson evolved population of meteoroids that dominate the CMOR and AMOR data.

2015, November 27 - The journal Icarus now has accepted our fourth CAMS paper: "CAMS Newly Detected Meteor Showers and the Sporadic Background". Aside from 60 newly identified meteor showers, 28 of which are also detected independently in the SonotaCo survey, this paper reports that CAMS data contain a Poynting-Robertson evolved population of sporadic meteors. That means that the collisional lifetime of large cm-sized particles is much longer than astronomers assumed. Most of the large particles are lost, instead, by processes other than collisions.

2015, November 26 - Happy Thanksgiving. The Meteoritical Society published the Bulletin on Creston, the meteorite fall that occurred in California in the evening of October 23. It is an L6 ordinary chondrite. As of November 10, four meteorites were found by meteorite hunters.

2015, November 13 - Successful observation of the re-entry of space debris object WT1190F.

2015 Nov 7 cloud The Cloud as seen from the Sunnyvale CAMS station (Jim Albers).

2015, November 7 - A bright cloud of particles from a Navy missile test scattered sunlight shortly after sunset and created this display for viewers in the SF Bay Area at around 6:01 pm PST this evening.

October 24 fireball This fireball was captured in an all-sky camera located at the CAMS station site in Sunnyvale on 2015 October 24 between 05:47:27 and 05:47:57 UT.

2015, October 24 - A bright fireball was captured in our allsky camera in Sunnyvale, California, in a south-eastern direction on Friday night October 23 at 22:47 local time. The firball appeared just outside of the CAMS survey area, but was widely reported to the American Meteor Society. Sonic booms were heard and it is possible that meteorites may have fallen. If you captured this meteor in video security footage or in photographs (Fresno area, southern California, Central California), please contact Dr. Peter Jenniskens.

2015, October 2 - A third paper on the first batch of CAMS newly detected showers has been accepted for publication.

2015, September 16 - A news story on CAMS appeared in the journal Nature today: Newfound meteor showers expand astronomical calendar, which highlights recent CAMS-related papers accepted for publication in Icarus. Two are now on-line (early versions):
Paper I: The established showers
Paper II: The confirmed showers

chi cygnids

2015, September 15 - A new meteor shower: chi Cygnids (757, CCY). Martin Breukers and Carl Johannink, responsible for the CAMS@BeNeLux data reduction, first spotted a number of slow meteors radiate from Cygnus on the night of September 14/15. Confirmation quickly came from the CAMS California network and from CMOR data. A CBAT telegram was issued in time for other observers to see the meteors. The shower was still active in the night Sept. 16/17.

2015, September 11 - Today, the CAMS@NewZealand network celebrated completing the first year of observations. Ian Crumpton at West Melton and Peter Aldous at Geraldine have settled into a strict nightly routine, capturing several hundred to a thousand meteor trajectories each month.

2015, September 10 - Nick Moskovitz has created a website for LO-CAMS, the Lowell Observatory CAMS project. The cameras for two sites are now being assembled in their housings.

2015, September 3 - Our manuscript "The established meteor showers as observed by CAMS" has been accepted for publication in the journal Icarus.

fireball 2015-08-27

2015, August 31 - The CAMS-derived trajectory of the August 27 06:01:13 UT fireball has it move from 88 km altitude over Soledad to 47 km altitude over Greenfield (where it left the CAMS field of view) at a slow speed of 13.6 km/s, with possible meteorites falling in an agricultural area on a north-south line between Greenfield and King City, according to calculations by Peter Jenniskens. He assumed a meteorite density of 3.4 g/cm3, falling from 47 km altitude in the prevailing winds based on the mean of Oakland Intl. wind sonde data for 0h and 12h UT.

fireball 2015-08-27

2015, August 27 - A bright meteor appeared at 06:01 UT today that was the first to be captured by the new DFN camera at Sunnyvale. It was seen from Palo Alto and other locations in California. The meteor appeared low in the south from Sunnyvale and was also captured at Lick Observatory. The pattern of dots is caused by an electronic shutter that adds a time code to the meteor trail. While the first station is operating nominally, the second station is still being prepped for deployment at Foresthill, with some issues requiring physical access to the box. Jim expects that the second station will be at Sunnyvale for another week or two.

Sunnyvale cameras

2015, August 12 - Maximum of the Perseids today. Jim Albers reports that the first DFN camera was installed at Sunnyvale, after some back and forth with our Australian collaborators. The camera, before the light shield was installed, is shown to the right, next to the CAMS Spectrograph and CAMS Sunnyvale station. The CAMS Spectrograph contains an all-sky video camera under its glass dome that is used to recognize the appearance of bright events. Peter Jenniskens and Mike Koop deployed the second DFN camera from a temporary location at Fremont Peak Observatory, where a public night was held to celebrate the exceptional observing conditions for this year's shower.

2015, August 10 - In part based on CAMS verification of showers, 18 new showers were added to the IAU Working List of Meteor Showers. One shower (the Southern iota Aquariids) was moved back to the Working List for more study. The tally of established showers now is 112.

2015, August 7 - The first of four manuscripts on the results of the CAMS meteor shower survey, called "CAMS confirmation of previously reported meteor showers", was accepted for publication by the journal Icarus today.

2015, July 29 - Phil Bland of the Desert Firebal Network (DFN) project of Curtin University in western Australia has left us two all-sky cameras that are the automated 32 MPixel digital cameras used in the DFN. Plan is to set these all-sky cameras up in the CAMS network to test the accuracy of the DFN orbit determinations and as a testbed for future instrument development.

2015, July 28 - At the Meteoritical Society meeting in Berkeley, Scott Harlan and Peter Jenniskens announced the find of meteorites at Misfits Flat dry lake in Nevada. In Septebmer of 2013, Scott set out to recover meteorites from one of the CAMS-detected fireballs, only to find the local conditions too harsh to search. He then diverted to the nearest dry lake bed and found a meteorite within two hours. He went back 19 times and recovered 58 meteorites and meteorite fragments. Study showed these are all LL5 chondrites, but some appear to be older than others. This is still being investigated.

2015, July 14 - Peter Jenniskens presents results on the CAMS project at the Meteoroid Environment Workshop at Stanford.

2015, July 7 - Ian Crumpton and Peter Aldous report catching a slow-moving bright fireball today that may have resulted in a meteorite fall in a wide river valley north of Mount Hut in the New Zealand Alps.

2015, June 10 - SETI Institute REU and Campare student Mellissa Hannan arrived at the SETI Institute today to help in the reduction of the CAMS Spectograph data collected so far. Mellissa will work close with Pete Gural in trouble shooting the reduction software and prepare the data in hand for analysis.

2015, April 6 - At the SETI Institute, Peter Jenniskens has caught up with the CAMS data reduction and reports a tally of 232,000 at the end of 2014 and 241,000 at the end of February.

March 31 meteor

2015, April 4 - Pete Gural modified the Mosaic program to also plot the max pixel intensity files in gnomonic projection. The result is shown for Sunnyvale and Lick Observatory in these images of the bright March 31 meteor. The meteor moved from left to right through multiple camera fields.

SV fields April

2015, April 4 - Today, Jim Albers followed by pointing Sunnyvale towards Forresthill, tilting the box by 14.4 degrees towards azimuth 40 degrees from North. The figure shows the overlap. Southern fields are overlapped by Lick Observatory and Fremont Peak. For now, we will operate the cameras in this manner, expanding the CAMS network surface area.

FH fields April

2015, April 3 - A new phase in the CAMS meteor orbit survey has started. Yesterday, Jim Wray re-positioned the Foresthill camera box towards Sunnyvale. The figure shows the new layout of cameras.

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