Author: Jakub Koukal

CEMeNt 2016 – general overview

The Central European video Meteor Network (CEMeNt) established in 2010 is a platform for cross-border cooperation in the field of video meteor observations between Czech Republic and Slovakia. From the beginning the CEMeNt observational activities has been coordinated with professional Slovak Video Meteor Network (SVMN, [1]) as well as with other similar networks in area of central Europe (especially Hungarian Meteor Network, HMN [2] and Polish Fireball Network, PFN [3]). During six years of operation the CEMeNt network went through an extensive development. In total 33 video systems were working on 17 permanent stations located in Czech Republic and...

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Spectra of slow bolides

In the period from late December to mid-April there is no activity of a significant meteor showers, with the exception of January Quadrantids. Total activity of the meteor showers is therefore very low and also sporadic background is at a minimum of its activity during the year. In that period are mostly active meteor showers belonging to the Antihelion source. From January to March prevails activity of the Virginid-Leonids complex, which is then transferred in April to the Scorpio-Sagittarids complex. The common characteristic of the meteors belonging to the Antihelion source is relatively low geocentric speed that for most...

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Recording and comparison of the lightning spectrum

At the Valasske Mezirici Observatory are currently operating three cameras equipped with a spectroscopic system. The main goal of these cameras is recording the spectra of meteors and thus identify the chemical composition of meteoroids and also emission lines of elements contained in the Earth’s atmosphere. However, during the occurrence of storm activity the objective of the observations may change and spectrographs can record the spectra of electrostatic discharges – lightnings. This was also during a thunderstorm in the evening on June 19, 2016. Jakub Koukal¹, Martin Ferus², Libor Lenža¹ ¹ Valašské Meziříčí Observatory, Vsetínská 78, 75701 Valašské Meziříčí,...

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EDMOND database 2016 from January to March

Introduction The weather in the first third of the year 2016 in Europe was not favorable. Nowadays (May 26, 2016) there are in the EDMOND database (Kornoš et al., 2014a) data from the following networks: CEMeNt (Central European Meteor Network, cross-border network of Czech and Slovak amateur observers); FMA (Fachgruppe Meteorastronomie, Switzerland); HMN (Hungarian Meteor Network or Magyar Hullócsillagok Egyesulet, Hungary); NEMETODE (Network for Meteor Triangulation and Orbit Determination, United Kingdom) and UKMON (UK Meteor Observation Network, United Kingdom). The presented results are thus partial and they do not include results of all national networks from the first third of the year 2016. Results (wide-angle...

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Results of the EDMOND and SonotaCo united databases

The first results of the united databases analysis, in which we studied identification of the meteor shower from IAU MDC working list, are presented. Using the D-criterion of orbits similarity method we identified 548 meteor showers from a total of 757 meteor showers in the list. The united largest databases EDMOND (European video MeteOr Network Database) and SonotaCo contain 412 414 multi-station orbits of meteors. Introduction The European viDeo Meteor Observation Network (EDMONd) and the European video MeteOr Network Database (EDMOND) has been established only recently (Kornoš et al., 2014a,b). The network originates from spontaneous cooperation between observers in...

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