Friday, March 11, 2011

NASA All-Sky Fireball Network

Clark Lindsey found this article about NASA’s All-sky Fireball Network: NASA Building Network of Smart Cameras Across the US - Singularity Hub.  The cameras are specialized black and white video cameras with lenses that image the entire night sky above them (shown to the right). NASA currently has 3 cameras in the southeast and plans to increase this to 15.  The NASA point man is Dr. Bill Cooke, who happens to also fly rockets.

These aren't the only all-sky cameras. For example,  El Paso Allsky is a member of the New Mexico State All Sky Camera Network, which has 100 or so nodes.