Month: October 2016

The PRO-AM Lunar Impact project Exoss

In order to attain its goals, exoss project now is launching the lunar impact project – monitoring meteoroids impacts, using  telescope observations of the non-illuminated side of the moon, looking for flashes that could be meteoroids striking the lunar surface, through a remote observatory. The remote observatory : O ROCG – Remote Observatory of Campos dos Goytacazes, was built in this year and is located in the brazilian city, Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro State, by the amateur astronomer  Carlos Henrique Barreto, under the scientific and technical supervision of Exoss coordinator, Marcelo De Cicco. To aim the lunar impact observations goals, a Celestron C-14, f/3.3 and a camera Stellacam Ex attached to the telescope are in use for video monitoring the dark side of the moon. Another camera, Watec 902 H is also available. In the picture, the amateur astronomer Carlos Henrique is setting adjustments for the polar alignment Impact candidates 2005-20016. Credits: Marshall Space Center/NASA Meteoroid Environment Office...

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CAMS Benelux Orionids results

CAMS BeNeLux Orionids 2016 : one successful night Nearly all participants in the CAMS BeNeLux network had clear skies during the night October 22/23. More than 300 meteors were captured simultaneously that night. Besides the well-known Taurids, Orionids and Leo Minorids, we observed some other minor showers (see figure 1).   Not all of them are shown in figure 1, e.g. one epsilon Geminid ( (23) EGE ) and one October Ursae Minorid ( (241) OUI ) were captured by two or more of our stations. Outstanding of course were the Orionids, as can be seen in figure 1 and in detail in figure 2 (with errors in radiant position...

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Slow cometary fireball on Oct. 26 (at 23:57 UT)

This fireball was observed over the South of Spain on Oct. 26, at 23:57 UT (1:57 local time on Oct. 27). The event was produced by a sporadic cometary meteoroid that hit the atmosphere at about 94000 km/h. The fireball began at a height of 90 km over the province of Cordoba and ended at a height of 40 km over the Mediterranean...

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