Author: Paul Roggemans

Variation in heights of CAMS meteor trajectories

The median values for the beginning heights, heights of maximum brightness and ending heights have been obtained for sporadic meteors and for meteors of the IAU established meteor shower list, based on the CAMS dataset 2010–2013. Two layers with larger numbers of events with in between a layer with significant less events were found. A seasonal variation in the geocentric velocity and ablation height for sporadic meteors has been found with maximum values for the median height around solar longitude 225° and minima around 45°. For individual shower meteors there is a significant number of showers that produce meteor...

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Established meteor shower activity periods and orbits

The CAMS dataset of 111233 orbits collected in the period 2010-2013 has been checked to verify the online data of the IAU meteor shower list. The activity periods for all meteor streams detected in CAMS data has been derived from the solar longitudes of the individual orbits that were associated with the meteor stream. For meteor showers that were absent in the CAMS data, mainly daylight meteor streams, CMOR data has been used to complete the information. To make future associations easier and to avoid mixing up shower data, the official naming and IAU code with the orbital elements...

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CAMS BeNeLux: Quarterly report 2017Q1 – January-March

The first quarter of 2017 allowed successfully collecting orbits during 65 nights on a total of 90 nights. 3823 orbits were added to the CAMS database in this period. While a fair number of clear nights appeared in January and during the last 10 days of March, the period in between was characterized by poor weather conditions. February 2017 was in particular unfavorable for any astronomy work. 1       Introduction Although the nights are long during the winter months, the number of meteors collected by any camera network is much lower in the first quarter of the year. Except for...

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March 2017 issue of Meteor News online!

The online content of January and February 2017 has been edited and archived in eMeteorNews (eMN_2017_1, March issue). Feel free to share this information on Facebook or Twitter with your group, network or society. The motto of MeteorNews is to keep it simple and easy. The website allows fast exchange of results, news and experience among active meteor observers accross the world. The eZine eMN serves as archive to preserve the interesting information. One advantage of online publications is that corrections can be made all the time. In case you spot some mistake, let us know and we can...

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CAMS meeting 12 March 2017

The CAMS BeNeLux network was invited for its coordination meeting at the facilities in Oostkapelle (Netherlands) by Klaas Jobse. The March 2017 meeting was special in many ways. First of all it was 5 years ago that the CAMS network was started in March 2012 with two Watecs, one in Oostkapelle by Klaas Jobse and the one in Ooltgenplaat by Piet Neels. We had something to celebrate as the CAMS network rapidly expanded and has 60+ operational cameras today. The number of orbits collected exceeds the wildest expectations with over 63000 orbits  so far. After the welcoming by Klaas Jobse,...

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