Earth, Moon, and Planets

, Volume 95, Issue 1, pp 541–552

Results from the AIM-IT Meteor Tracking System

  • Peter S. Gural
  • Peter M. Jenniskens
  • George Varros
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11038-005-1255-5

Cite this article as:
Gural, P.S., Jenniskens, P.M. & Varros, G. Earth Moon Planet (2004) 95: 541. doi:10.1007/s11038-005-1255-5

Abstract

The recent development and data collection results of the Astrobiology Instrumentation for Meteor Imaging and Tracking (AIM-IT) system, has demonstrated an ability to point narrow field-of-view instruments at transient events such as meteors. AIM-IT uses the principle of tracking moving objects via a paired set of relay mirrors along with an integrated hardware/software solution, to acquire and track meteors in real-time. Development of the instrument has progressed from a prototype rocker-box system through more recent use of a fast response mirror system during several meteor shower campaigns. Several narrow field of view instruments have been deployed using AIM-IT including high spatial resolution video, high frame rate video, and meteor spectrographic equipment. Analysis of the imagery shows evidence for meteor fragmentation in as many as 20% of the meteors tracked thus far. The success of the AIM-IT technology in tracking meteors during their luminous flight provides a new tool in enhancing the capabilities and data volume that can be obtained with existing narrow field of view instruments.

Keywords

Meteor meteor instrumentation meteor tracking meteor imaging meteor spectroscopy 

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© Springer 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter S. Gural
    • 1
  • Peter M. Jenniskens
    • 2
  • George Varros
    • 3
  1. 1.Science Applications International CorporationChantillyUSA
  2. 2.SETI InstituteMountain ViewUSA
  3. 3.Indyne CorporationMcLeanUSA

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