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Meteorite falls:
White Mountains (2016-06-02)
Creston fall (2015-10-24)
Saricicek fall (2015-09-02)
Chelyabinsk fall (2013-02-15)
Novato fall (2012-10-17)
Sutter's Mill fall (2012-04-22)

Report possible meteorite finds in the CAMS networks: Petrus.M.Jenniskens@nasa.gov

Contacts:

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Dr. Peter Jenniskens,
SETI Institute, Principal Investigator [email];
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Peter S. Gural,
Meteor detection algoritms;
POC CAMS Mid-Atlantic
[email]

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Dave Samuels,
Network operations
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Steve Rau,
Network installation /upgrades
[email]

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Jim Albers,
CAMS station Sunnyvale

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Rick Morales,
CAMS Fremont Peak

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Bryant Grigsby,
CAMS Lick Observatory

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Andy Howell,
Coordination of CAMS Florida

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Nick Moskovitz,
Coordination of LO-CAMS

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Luke Juneau,
Coordination of CAMS Arkansas

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Carl Johannink,
Coordination CAMS BeNeLux

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Prof. Jack Baggaley,
Coordination CAMS New Zealand

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Mohammad Odeh,
Coordination UACN

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Marcelo di Cicco,
Coordination EXOSS

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Tim Cooper,
Coordination CAMS South Africa

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Martin Towner,
Coordination CAMS Australia

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Steve Heathcote,
Coordination CAMS Chile

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Toni Hanke,
Coordination CAMS Namibia

CAMS California:
LO-CAMS Arizona:
CAMS Arkansas:
CAMS Mid Atlantic:
CAMS Florida:


News blog:

2020, December 28 - The January 2020 issue of Meteor News is out. [Download]

2010, December 28 - The December issue of Radiant, Journal of the Dutch Meteor Society is out. [Download]

2019, December 25 - Happy Holidays to the CAMS family!

ursids

2019, December 23 - Mohammad Odeh reports that the UACN picked up significant Ursid activity in the night of December 22/23. Ilkka Yrjola confirms that forward meteor scatter also detected the Ursid shower this year. With comet 8P/Tuttle approaching perihelion on August 28, 2021, the Earth was expected to cross the broad Ursid Filament centered on Dec 22 21:39 UTC, according to Jenniskens (2006, page 646).

2019, December 20 - Peter Gural added a check on the Sensoray video type in Capture8. This may prevent in the future a sudden scale change in the X-direction that was seen at some stations on occasion. The fix is tested at the Mars Hill station starting tonight.

2019, December 18 - Dave Samuels implemented on all CAMS stations an automatic reboot of the PC in the late afternoon.

2019, December 15 - Geminids: Jim Albers created this fantastic video impression (50 Mb) of all 20 cameras at the CAMS Sunnyvale station. The video runs from 01 to 14h UTC (time in top left corner of video) on December 15, 2019, and shows clouds drifting in and out of the camera field of view, as well as meteors, satellites and planes.

UACN2
Anas Mohammad, Mohammad Odeh, Ibrahim Ghuneamat, and Rami AlKhatib installed the new UACN2 station.

2019, December 12 - Mohammad Odeh reports that station UACN2 is back online at a new site closer to Abu Dhabi. The United Arab Emirates Astronomical Cameras Network, operated by the International Astronomical Center, now has three stations again. The team built a small observatory to house the camera box and PC.
Update: As many as 669 meteors were recorded in the clear night of December 15!

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2019, December 1 - Luke Juneau reports that three of the Arkansas network cameras detected this beautiful meteor at 07h11m45 UTC tonight.

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Planets and Moon after sunset from La Silla Observatory in the evening of Nov 27, photo by Zdenek Bardon.

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November 28 fireball from La Silla, photo taken with the Danish telescope's all-sky camera.

2019, November 28 - CAMS Chile recorded a bright fireball that may have dropped meteorites east of La Silla Observatory. The meteor entered Earth's atmosphere at 13.8 km/s from a radiant at R.A. = 347 deg., Decl. = -11 deg. It was first detected at 89 km altitude and moved in a SE direction. Eyewitness Zdenek Bardon described the event from La Silla: "I was taking images of the young Moon with Venus and Jupiter. Suddenly, I was illuminated by a bright glow and I turned around to see a big fireball in the sky. Its colour was white but at the end of its trail the colour changed to green - yellow - red. I estimated it further continued in at least five or eight (red-hot) pieces. I did not hear any sound but it was relatively windy where I was set up."

2019, November 22 - The alpha Monocerotid outburst ("the unicorn shower") was observed by the CAMS EXOSS network (coordinated by Marcelo De Cicco). A compilation of alpha Monocerotids detected in one camera is shown in the picture below. The EXOSS Citizen Science project in Brazil reported an uptick of meteor detections between 04h50m and 05h17m UTC.

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Compilation of alpha Monocerotids detected between 04h49m and 05h15m UTC by one camera of the CAMS Exoss network at Petropolis, Brazil, operated by Marcelo De Cicco.

CAMS Florida (coordinated by Andy Howell) measured the orbits of 49 alpha Monocerotid meteors in 80-90 percent clear skies from 04h38m to 05h37m UTC. The peak time was at 05h02m UTC. CAMS Chile (coordinated by Steve Heathcote of AURA/Cerro Tololo) measured 20 alpha Monocerotid orbits in partially clouded skies between 04h31m and 05h31m. La Serena was completely overcast at the time of the shower. CAMS Mid-Atlantic (Pete Gural) reports detecting 8 alpha Monocerotids. The alpha Monocerotid outburst did occur close to the predicted time, but was wider and less intense than expected. This suggests we crossed the dust trail further from the trail center than anticipated. [More reports]

AMO The alpha Monocerotid showers of 1925, 1935 and 1985 were reportedly seen by just a few people, that in 1995 by several tens. Even though the shower was not as rich as in the past, this year more people saw the meteors. According to Andy Howell: "A small group of people including myself gathered at a site 10 miles outside of Gainesville, Florida. The sky was 80-90 percent clear with good visibility of the Milky Way overhead and radiant above the eastern horizon from 0400 UT to 0530 UT when observing ended. At 0500 UT, we saw three alpha Monocerotids in rapid succession and then a few more during the next 5-10 minutes."

2019, November 15 - Peter Jenniskens reports that CAMS cameras have detected an outburst of Phoenicids from comet Blanpain since November 12, which may still be ongoing. [CBET 4698]

2019, November 12 - Peter Jenniskens and Esko Lyytinen announced that 2019 promises a nice return of the alpha Monocerotids in the night of November 21/22. The very brief 15-40 minute shower may be visible in the eastern USA, western Europe and best in southern America. [Article]

2019, November 05 - Peter Jenniskens reports on results from the Bennu shower observing campaign at the OSIRIS-Rex and Hayabusa workshop in Tucson, Az.

2019, October 31 - Tim Beck reports that the Kincade fire was stopped less than a kilometer from his home in Windsor and site of the CAMS at Windsor station. He and his family had been evacuated first to Sebastopol and then again to Oakland. He is ok and even has electricity in Oakland. Power in Mendocino county is still out and none of the CAMS Northern California stations are in operation. Update: Windsor and Mendocino College are back online.

2019, September 23 - Bennu shower observing campaign is ongoing.

LOCAMS mount

2019, September 23 - Nick Moskovitz reports that student Solvay Blomquist has designed a new 3D-printed mount for the Effio-E type cameras. Cost to replicate these is very low, a few dollars each. Only degree of freedom is the azimuth angle.

2019, September 22 - Eric Egland reports that the video cables at Fremont Peak Observatory were replaced today.

UACN fireball

2019, September 20 - Mohammad Odeh reports a bright meteor detected in the UACN network at 16:39:15 UTC.

2019, September 12 - Paul Roggemans reports that MeteorNews now has an article on the record-breaking August observations by CAMS Benelux.

Windhoek
HESS
Rehoboth

2019, September 10 - The CAMS boxes supporting the HESS experiment are operating as expected. The station in Windhoek is hosted by Elize Fahl, that at HESS by Toni Hanke, and the station in Rehoboth is hosted by Rynault van Wyk.

2019, August 30 - Siddha Ganju updated the CAMS processing server to Phython 3 to improve the deep learning capabilities. Update: All scripts are adjusted and are running again.

Ocklawaha

2019, August 13 - Andy Howell reports that a new 8-camera station has come online in the CAMS Florida network. The station is operated by Dr. Jerry Cheney of Ocklawaha, Florida (in picture). His home is located adjacent to Ocala National Forest, which is the southernmost national forest in the continental United States. The camera enclosure is mounted on a heavy-duty tripod but may eventually move to a higher location.

Jack Ortega

2019, August 8 - The Mendocino College Foundation has awarded a scholarship to Jack Ortega, former student of Tim Beck. In the announcement issued, it is said that: Jack sites his astronomy class with Tim Beck, who involved him with a fascinating project, which was maintaining the local software for the [CAMS Northern California] project, tracking meteorites and cataloging comet trail debris. "I was not expecting to find a project like that in Mendocino County. There have been a lot of surprises. I feel lucky to have found it," Jack said.

Bindoon

2019, August 2 - Martin Towner and Phil Bland report that the third station of the CAMS Australia network at Bindoon is now in operation. The station is hosted by Linda Toms.

CAMS SA meteor

2019, July 31 - Tim Cooper reports that CAMS South Africa detected this bright meteor with a flare just outside the field of view on July 31 at 18:52 UT.

2019, July 31 - CAMS at Fremont Peak Observatory was equipped with a new power supply. The video now looks like new, despite the fact that these twenty Watec Wat902H2 Ultimate cameras have been in operation for nine years. Update: The Lick Observatory station has now also been updated.

2019, July 13 - Steve Heathcote of AURA/Cerro Tololo Observatory reports that now all three of the new CAMS Chile network stations are in operation. CAMS is installed on the roof of the central administration building of Cerro Tololo, where Javier Rojas provides technical support. The CAMS cameras at La Silla Observatory are hosted by the TRAPPIST South project led by Emmanuel Jehin of the University of Liege, Belgium. The station near La Serena is hosted by Tim Abbott.

2019, July 7 - EXOSS has added a third camera to the network in the Sao Paulo region of Brazil.

July 4 meteors

2019, July 4 - Nature's 4th of July fireworks. Many thanks to all of the CAMS family who work daily to pull this data together. Happy Holidays!

JEO
Bright June epsilon Ophiuchid shower meteor captured at Rancho Mirage Observatory (Eric McLaughlin) on June 24.

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2019, June 24 - An outburst of June epsilon Ophiuchids (shower 459, JEO) was detected by the CAMS camera network on June 19-26. See for example the map on June 24, showing significant activity just right of the antihelion source. The new CAMS South Africa network was among several networks to make a strong detection (top-right corner in the above CAMS SA map of June 24, provided by Tim Cooper). A CBET was issued that identified the parent body as periodic Jupiter Family comet 300P/Catalina. [CBET]

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HartRAO temporary mount

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2019, June 14 - Tim Cooper reports that CAMS South Africa has achieved "first light". The CAMS cameras at HartRAO operated by Philip Mey were placed in a temporary position in the feed of an unused radio dish yesterday, and are now surveilling the night sky for meteors. The telescope's alt-azimuth mount is used to point the cameras in the right direction. First light results were obtained in the night of June 13/14: 49 meteors, many from the anti-helion source.

Curtin University
Red Bluff

2019, June 14 - Martin Towner and Phil Bland of Curtin University report that the first two CAMS Stations of the new Australia network are in operation. Martin Towner and Rob Howe designed the support structure and with Peter Jenniskens installed the first station at Curtin University in Perth (top of two figures). The second station is in Red Gully, north of Perth (botom), and is hosted by Carol Redford. First light was on June 14 when the Red Gully station came online.

Ashburton station

2019, May 30 - Lara, Keanu, and Campbell Duncan (left in photo) are hosting CAMS New Zealand's new third station "Ashburton" in nearby Fairton. Ashburton Astronomy Group member Alistair Perkins was on hand to assist Ian Crumpton and Peter Jenniskens (right in photo) in the installation. The new station was made possible by a private donation to the SETI Institute from Rob Hawley of the Fremont Peak Observatory Association. Curtin University (Phil Bland and Hadrien Devillepoix) contributed 8 cameras. The University of Canterbury contributed a PC and Ian Crumpton fabricated the enclosure. The new station has increased the yield of CAMS New Zealand four fold, reaching 289 meteors in the clear night of June 5. The installation was front page news in the The Ashburton Courier June 2019 edition.

2019, May 28 - Dante Lauretta of NASA's OSIRIS-REX project and the University of Arizona are supporting a significant expansion of the CAMS network in the southern hemisphere in the hope of detecting the meteor shower expected if meteoroids ejected from asteroid Bennu evolve into sun-centered orbits and survive long enough to evolve into orbits intersecting Earth orbit. In the past months, Peter Jenniskens at the SETI Institute has built the first three camera boxes for a new network in Australia. Three more boxes are being assembled for a network in Chile, while a further three will be built to support the HESS experiment in Namibia.



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