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The European Fireball Network: Current status and future prospects

Oberst, J. and Molau, S. and Heinlein, D. and Gritzner, C. and Schindler, M. and Spurny, P. and Ceplecha, Z. and Rendtel, J. and Betlem, H. (1998) The European Fireball Network: Current status and future prospects. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 33 (1), pp. 49-56.

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Abstract

Among the three large camera networks Fireball Netcarrying out fireball observations through the seventies and eighties, the "European work" is the last one still in operation. The network today consists of more than 34 all-sky and fish-eye cameras deployed with ~100 km spacing and covering an area of ~10_6 km_2, in the Czech and Slovak Republics, Germany, as well as parts of Belgium, Switzerland, and Austria. Network operation results in ~10 000 image exposures per year, which represent on average 1200 h of clear sky observations - as imaging periods are restricted due to daylight, moonlight, and clouds. The cameras detect currently large meteors at a rate of ~50 per year; this is in good agreement with the encounter rates determined in previously fireball studies. From sightings of "meteorite candidates" (fireballs that may have deposited meteorites) and meteorite recoveries in the network area, we estimate that 15% of the influx of meteoritic matter is currently observed by the cameras, whereas <1% is recovered on the ground. Issues to be addressed by future fireball observations include the study of very large meteoroids (>1000 kg) for which statistics are currently very poor and an examination of their relationship to NEOs (near-Earth objects) identified by current NEO search programs.

Document Type:Article
Additional Information: LIDO-Berichtsjahr=1999,
Title:The European Fireball Network: Current status and future prospects
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Oberst, J.UNSPECIFIED
Molau, S.UNSPECIFIED
Heinlein, D.UNSPECIFIED
Gritzner, C.UNSPECIFIED
Schindler, M.UNSPECIFIED
Spurny, P.UNSPECIFIED
Ceplecha, Z.UNSPECIFIED
Rendtel, J.UNSPECIFIED
Betlem, H.UNSPECIFIED
Date:1998
Journal or Publication Title:Meteoritics & Planetary Science
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:33
Page Range:pp. 49-56
Status:Published
Keywords:meteor, meteorite, fireball, European Fireball Network
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):UNSPECIFIED
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Institut für Planetenerkundung
Deposited By: elib DLR-Beauftragter
Deposited On:16 Sep 2005
Last Modified:14 Jan 2010 15:44

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