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The European Fireball Network 2010 - Status und Results of Cameras in Germany

Oberst, J. and Heinlein, D. and Grau, T. and Flohrer, J. (2011) The European Fireball Network 2010 - Status und Results of Cameras in Germany. EPSC-DPS2011, 2.-7.10.2011, Nantes, Frankreich.

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Abstract

The European Fireball Network (EN) has been continuously operating since 1966 (Fig. 1). Beginning in 1995, observing stations in Germany have been operated by the DLR Institute of Planetary Research. The stations in Germany are of the classical type, consisting of cameras on a tripod, looking down and taking images of a spherical mirror. Rotating shutters mounted in front of the camera lens provide velocity information for the fast-moving meteors. Cameras are equipped with film. Typically, one long-exposure image is taken every night. In 2010, 15 cameras were in regular operation. 36 fireballs on 82 photographs could be recorded, representing average “fireball yield”. Fireball co-registrations could be made with other EN stations in 20 cases, and in 3 cases with other camera types. Data reduction and orbit reconstruction (carried out at Ondřejov Observatory, P. Spurný and team) was possible for 1 meteor. The brightest meteor that was recorded in 2010 had a magnitude of -13. Progress has been made in development of a prototype digital camera version. Quite remarkably, in the area monitored by the cameras, 2 meteorite falls were recovered mainly using eyewitness reports to guide the meteorite search. Due to weather and daylight hours, no images from the cameras could be obtained. This contribution will describe the activities and results of 2010.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:The European Fireball Network 2010 - Status und Results of Cameras in Germany
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Oberst, J.Juergen.Oberst@dlr.de
Heinlein, D.dieter-heinlein@t-online.de
Grau, T.European Research Center for Fireballs and Meteorites
Flohrer, J.joachim.flohrer@dlr.de
Date:September 2011
Status:Published
Keywords:Fireball, network, Germany, 2010, cameras, rotating shutter, photographs, coregistrations, double-station, orbit reconstruction, magnitude, digital camera, meteorite falls,
Event Title:EPSC-DPS2011
Event Location:Nantes, Frankreich
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2.-7.10.2011
Organizer:Europlanet
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):W - Vorhaben Exploration des Sonnensystems (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geodesy
Deposited By: Joachim Flohrer
Deposited On:10 Jan 2012 09:33
Last Modified:10 Jan 2012 09:33

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