NASA has been tracking bright meteoroids (“fireballs”) using a distributed network of video cameras pointed upwards. And while we usually think of NASA in the context of multi-bazillion dollar rocket ships, but this operation is clearly shoe-string. This is a hack worthy of Hackaday.
The basic idea is that with many wide-angle video cameras capturing the night sky, and a little bit of image processing, identifying meteoroids in the night sky should be fairly easy.
NASA reports that early Tuesday morning a meteor illuminated the sky over New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania with a very bright fireball as it came crashing to earth. The meteor, with an estimated diameter of 2 feet wide and weight of...
An earth-grazing fireball skimmed through the atmosphere 63 miles above South Carolina late last week, leaving a bright trail for 290 miles before burning up over Tennessee. The entire 20-second event was captured by a NASA telescop...
NASA cameras tracked a bright light in the sky to a good-size meteor burning up in the atmosphere, but some of it may have reached Earth.
NASA cameras captured a very bright meteor at the Allegheny Observatory near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The fireball was seen over New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania around 4:45 am Tuesday.