Earth, Moon, and Planets

, Volume 102, Issue 1, pp 133-139

First online:

Multi-station Video Orbits of Minor Meteor Showers

  • José M. MadiedoAffiliated withFacultad de Ciencias Experimentales, Universidad de Huelva Email author 
  • , Josep M. Trigo-RodríguezAffiliated withInstitut de Ciències de l’Espai–CSIC, Campus UAB, Facultat de CiènciesInstitut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC), Edif. Nexus

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During 2006 the SPanish Meteor Network (SPMN) set up three automated video stations in Andalusia for increasing the atmospheric coverage of the already existing low-scan-rate all-sky CCD systems. Despite their initially thought complementary nature, sensitive video cameras have been employed to setup an automatic meteor detection system that provides valuable real-time information on unusual meteor activity, and remarkable fireball events. In fact, during 2006 SPMN video stations participated in the detection of two unexpected meteor outbursts: Orionids and Comae Berenicids. The three new SPMN stations guarantee almost a continuous monitoring of meteor and fireball activity in Andalusia (Spain) and also increase the chance of future meteorite recoveries. A description of the main characteristics of these new observing video stations and some examples of the trajectory, radiant and orbital data obtained so far are presented here.


Meteors Meteor showers