Author: Paul Roggemans

CAMS@Benelux captures a fair Lyrid activity

The first 4 Lyrid orbits of 2016 were collected in the night of 17-18 April 2016 when in total 84 orbits were collected by the Benelux CAMS network. The nights of 19-20 and 20-21 April produced much better Lyrid rates. For 19-20 April 110 orbits were collected among which several Lyrids, the night of 20-21 April hasn’t been completely collected yet. A couple of Lyrids captured in recent nights are displayed in Figures 1 and 2. The maximum activity is expected to occur on April 22 at 6h UT. After a period of very low meteor activity, rates are increasing...

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Performance CAMS@Benelux in March 2016

March 2016 continued the wet and cloudy season of previous few months. March 2016 was not blessed with many clear nights but still 856 orbits were collected in 23 nights. In  March 2014, when 793 orbits were collected in 24 nights, 78,6% of the capacity of the 29 operational cameras could be used. In March 2015, 1033 orbits were collected in 23 nights when  75.5% of the capacity of the 42 operational cameras could function. In March 2016 only 62.6% of the capacity of the 50 operational cameras could be used. The larger number of operational cameras combined with...

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Obituary: Teodor Pintér (1947-2016)

The Slovak Facebook page ‘Slovenská ústredná hvezdáreň‘ announced the sad news that Teodor Pintér, former General Director of the Slovak Central Observatory in Hurbanovo, has deceased. Teodor Pintér died on March 31st, 2016 at the age of nearly 69 years. He was born on May 21st, 1947 in Galanta. Teodor Pinter studied afolow-up study of astronomy (after high school) from 1967 to 1969 in Valasske Mezirici (Czech Republic) and later from 1973 to 1979 he studied geodesy and cartography at the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava (Slovakia). Teodor Pintér worked in the Central Observatory in Hurbanovo since 1967. From 1991 to 2013...

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Fireball over Spain on 31 March 2016 at 2h36m UT

José María Madiedo reports on Facebook about a spectacular fireball recorded on 31 March at Castile-La Mancha, Spain. This amazing fireball turned the night into day for a fraction of a second. It was observed on 31 March 2016 at 2h36m UT. The event was produced by the impact of a cometary fragment with the atmosphere at a velocity of about 90.000 km/h. Watch the video on...

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Exoss Citizen Science explaining double station meteor work

How to explain the basics of double station meteor work to a general public? Exoss Citizen Science has prepared a video clip that can help to explain the idea behind meteor camera networks to the public in a clear and straight forward way. The original was prepared in Spanish, here we add the English version. Both can be found on YouTube....

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