NEMETODE - Frank Johns

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NEMETODE

Meteor Watch
NEMETODE
Network for Meteor Triangulation and Orbit Determination
The following extract is taken from the NEMETODE website: www.nemetode.org
"NEMETODE is a network of cameras based in the British Isles that monitor the night sky for meteors ("shooting stars"). Through the use of triangulation and timing the network is able to determine the actual trajectory and velocity of the meteoroids as they pass through the Earth's atmosphere. From this we are able to determine specific characteristics such as the radiant (that point in the sky from which each meteor appears to originate), how the position of this radiant varies with time and the parameters of the original solar orbit of the meteoroid (before the earth got in the way). We analyse our own data as we find this is an excellent feedback mechanism that deepens our understanding of the subject and enables us to optimise our detection capabilities. Our results are published in peer reviewed journals such as the Journal of the British Astronomical Association and WGN, the Journal of the International Meteor Organisation. Having completed our analysis, our data is uploaded to EDMOND for consolidation with other European groups. While we have excellent coverage over certain parts of the British Isles, there are still many gaps so please get in touch if you are interested in joining the group."
My interest in meteor capture was sparked by a talk given at the BAA 2015 Winchester Weekend. I then made contact with William Stewart, one of the leading lights within NEMETODE, who was a great help is assisting in the setting up of the camera at TheDWO.
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