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Mission statement - CAMS is an automated video surveillance of the night sky in search of meteor showers to validate the IAU Working List of Meteor Showers. [Contact]

Day-by-day tally

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

eye Report visual accounts of fireball sighting here.

Report possible meteorite finds from Novato or Sutter's Mill: Petrus.M.Jenniskens@nasa.gov

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California map of station locations.
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NewZealand map of station locations.
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BeNeLux map of station locations.
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Atlantic map of station locations.
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Florida map of station locations.

Key Personnel:

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

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

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Rick Morales,
Fremont Peak Observatory
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Bryant Grigsby,
CAMS station at Lick Observatory
[Career pages]

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Jim Albers,
CAMS station Sunnyvale
[email]

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Dave Samuels,
Single CAMS networks
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Jeremie Vaubaillon,
Observatoire de Paris, France, Meteor stream dynamics modelling
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David Nesvorny,
SWRI, Boulder, zodiacal dust cloud modelling
[Career pages]

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Carl Johannink,
Coordination BeNeLux network

FP - Fremont Peak Observatory:
LO - Lick Observatory:
SV - Sunnyvale:
LI - Lodi Clear Sky Clock:


News blog:

Nov 2014 meteorite falls

2014, December 9 - CAMS New Zealand captured two slow-moving fireballs in November, among a total of 467 other meteors. The one on Nov. 18 at 10:58:38 UT (13.7 km/s, 4.7s long) was headed straight into the ocean. It was first seen at 83.2 km altitude. However, the one on November 2 at 15:15:54 UT came in at 14.2 km/s and was filmed for 5.7 seconds before it moved below the camera fields. It was first seen at 86.3 km, right over the radar site and relatively high for such a slow meteor, suggesting that this was a bright event. If it was bright enough, this one could have dropped meteorites near Stag And Spey, or NE of there in the hills.

Nov 24 data

2014, November 24 - The new Foresthill station increased the yield of the CAMS network significantly. November 24 produced 430 accurate trajectories. Jim Wray's new station added components to 41 of these meteors (improving their precision), while adding 59 unique trajectories by overlapping with Sunnyvale. The result is a stunning 1-day image of shower activity. The figure above compares this year's results with the combined 4-year tally from 2010-2013. This year, the Leonids appear to have had an outburst that was still active on November 24.

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2014, November 24 - Jim Wray of Foresthill, CA, reports that a low-cost version of CAMS, based on 16 cameras connected to two 8 channel grabbers on a single PC computer, is running successfully. The system uses low-cost Sony Effio cameras, which are about a magnitude less sensitive than the Watec 902H2 Ultimate cameras, but much more affordable. The system also uses the new 8-channel board single-CAMS software developed and tested by Pete Gural. Dave Samuels is working on developing the scripts to run the system autonomously. In a first manual run tonight, 904 meteor images were detected by the 16 cameras, albeit with some duplicates because of field overlaps. All cameras were calibrated against the star background.

Coverage of BeNeLux

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Meet CAMS at BeNeLux - From left to right (with camera numbers): Casper ter Kuile, Robert Haas (361/362/363/364), Hans Betlem (371/372/373), Erwin van Ballegoij (347), Klaas Jobse (331/332/337/338), Piet Neels (341/342), Adriana Nicolae, Paul Roggemans (383/384), Jacques Bouw (349), Paul Lindsay (356), Franky Dubois (385), Steve Rau (386), Martin Breukers (321/322/323/324 /325/326), Steve Rau jr., Felix Bettonvil (376), Marc Neyts (346). Photo: Carl Johannink (311/312/313/314). Not present: Jean Marie Biets (381/382) and Koen Miskotte (351/352).

2014, November 12 - Carl Johannink and Martin Breukers report on a successful meeting in Heesch. The graph above shows the location of the CAMS BeNeLux stations and aiming points. The yield was 1262 meteors in October. Marc Neyts, Peter Bus, Jacques Bouw and Felix Betonvil are planning new stations.



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Responsible NASA Official: Lindley Johnson (NEOO)

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