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The European Fireball Network 2011 – Status of Cameras and Observation Results in Germany

Flohrer, J. and Oberst, J. and Heinlein, D. and Grau, T. (2012) The European Fireball Network 2011 – Status of Cameras and Observation Results in Germany. European Planetary Science Congress 2012, 23 – 28 September 2012, Madrid, Spain.

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Official URL: http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EPSC2012/EPSC2012-441.pdf


The European Fireball Network (EN) has been continuously operating since 1966 (Figure 1). Beginning in 1995, observing stations in Germany have been managed and operated by the DLR Institute of Planetary Research, Berlin. The stations in Germany are of the classical type, consisting of cameras on a tripod, looking down and taking images of a paraboloidal 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 longexposure image is taken every night, covering the whole sky (Figure 1). In 2011, 14 cameras were in regular operation. 59 fireballs on 81 photographs could be recorded, representing an extraordinary “fireball yield”. The number of 78 fireball co-registrations with other central-European camera systems was extraordinary as well. Data reduction and orbit reconstruction (carried out at Ondřejov Observatory, P. Spurný and team) was possible for 6 meteors. The brightest meteor, registered on May 4, had a magnitude of -10. In the area monitored by the cameras, one fireball was recorded (Figure 1), following which, with high probability, a meteorite fall occurred. Unfortunately, due to terrain conditions within the urban area of Berlin no meteorites could be recovered.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/80887/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Title:The European Fireball Network 2011 – Status of Cameras and Observation Results in Germany
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Flohrer, J. joachim.flohrer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Oberst, J.Juergen.Oberst (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Grau, T. European Research Center for Fireballs and Meteorites, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Date:September 2012
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:European Fireball Network, Cameras, Observation
Event Title:European Planetary Science Congress 2012
Event Location:Madrid, Spain
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:23 – 28 September 2012
Organizer:Copernicus Meetings
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Science and Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Exploration des Sonnensystems
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geodesy
Deposited By: Beisembin, Bauyrzhan
Deposited On:24 Jan 2013 09:01
Last Modified:24 Jan 2013 09:01

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