2016, November 13 - A strong 7.8 magnitude earthquake and several 6-mangitude aftershocks occurred north of Christchurch today. Ian Crumpton reports: "We had a relatively mild shake here, but no damage and no problems. CAMS are functioning normally. Most damage was to the north of us."
2016, November 12 - Peter Jenniskens reports that a March 2016 technical adjustment at Geraldine Observatory removed noise, eased the data calibration, and improved the yield of the CAMS New Zealand network dramatically. CAMS New Zealand measured a record 2,071 precise orbits in April. The graph above shows the radiant positions in sun-centered ecliptic coordinates.
2016, October 30 - Jim Albers reports that he was going through the Tehachapi CAMS data for October 24, 2016, and noticed a pattern in the maxpixel frame he had not seen in our data before. It was an extended area at the bottom left of the frame and several linear features up to the right. In the movie it turned out to be a single frame event. Historic lightning data from California shows there were lightning strikes over the Central Valley/Sierra foothills where the camera is pointed at that time. This suggests these are sprites.
2016, October 26 - Data reduction of Lowell Observatory's LO-CAMS network is complete until the end of September. Starting on April 22, 2016, a total of 5604 precise orbits were measured as well as some 2350 (with some duplicates) not-so-precise orbits. The latter include short tracks and tracks for which the speed was measured less accurately than 10 percent. The measured radiant positions from both data sets, in sun-centered ecliptic coordinates, are shown in the figure above.
2016, October 22 - Orionids are performing normal this year. No outburst has been reported.