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Australian Desert Fireball Network

Automated sky camera network to observe meteorites falling.
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Image: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS).

UniSQ collaborates with Curtin University and the Global Fireball Observatory to operate a network of automated sky cameras to observe meteorites falling.

This Australian Desert Fireball Network was first established in 2005 as a trial of three remote operated film cameras to observe meteors falling towards Earth’s surface. It is now comprised of over 50 disruption-tolerant and fully autonomous digital observatories, including an automated meteor camera at Mount Kent Observatory.

This network continually monitors 3 million square km of the night sky – a third of Australian skies.

Images from different sites enable a fall to be located quickly, so a relatively pristine meteorite is recovered as a useful sample of the early Solar system.

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