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Meteorite falls:
White Mountains (2016-06-02)
Creston fall (2015-10-24)
Saricicek fall (2015-09-02)
Chelyabinsk fall (2013-02-15)
Novato fall (2012-10-17)
Sutter's Mill fall (2012-04-22)

Report possible meteorite finds in the CAMS networks: Petrus.M.Jenniskens@nasa.gov


Dr. Peter Jenniskens,
SETI Institute, Principal Investigator [email];

Peter S. Gural,
Meteor detection algoritms;
POC CAMS Mid-Atlantic

Dave Samuels,
Network operations

Steve Rau,
Network installation /upgrades

Jim Albers,
CAMS CA - Sunnyvale

Rick Morales,

Bryant Grigsby,

Jim Wray,
CAMS CA - Foresthill

Andy Howell,
Coordination of CAMS Florida

Nick Moskovitz,
Coordination of LO-CAMS

Luke Juneau,
Coordination of CAMS Arkansas

Tim Beck,
Coordination CAMS Northern California

Carl Johannink,
Coordination CAMS BeNeLux

Prof. Jack Baggaley,
Coordination CAMS New Zealand

Mohammad Odeh,
Coordination UACN

Marcelo di Cicco,
Coordination EXOSS

Tim Cooper,
Coordination CAMS South Africa

Martin Towner,
Coordination CAMS Australia

Steve Heathcote,
Coordination CAMS Chile

Toni Hanke,
Coordination CAMS Namibia

CAMS California:
LO-CAMS Arizona:
CAMS Arkansas:
CAMS Mid Atlantic:
CAMS Florida:

News blog:

2020, January 24 - A bright comet described in a circa 553 A.D. book, "Histories of the Wars", may have been responsible for a brief and unexpected meteor shower in April 2019, so conclude researchers in a paper published this week in Planetary and Space Science. "That comet appears to be on its way back," said meteor astronomer Peter Jenniskens of the SETI Institute. "We don't know whn it will arrive back in the inner solar system, but the meteor shower can help astronomers search for it." []

2020, January 2 - The year 2019 saw a massive expansion of the CAMS camera network and those behind the scenes (especially Dave Samuels, Steve Rau and Pete Gural) worked hard to keep the network in tip-top shape. As a result, the annual tally of measured meteoroid orbits doubled this year to 360,000!
Orbits measured in 2019 (raw data):
Arkansas (13,630, up from 2,595 last year), Australia (37,837, new since June), BeNeLux (42,083, similar to last year), California (69,924, similar to last year), Chile (51,700, new since July), EXOSS (342, similar to last year), Florida (24,944, up from 5,654 last year), LO-CAMS (49,748, up from 45,230 last year), MA (not in yet), Namibia (18,875, new since September), Northern California (4,582, similar to last year), New Zealand (23,806, up from 3,201 last year), South Africa (9,640, new since June), UAE Camera Network (16,085, up from 10,583 last year).

The year 2019 in headlines:
2019, February 1 - The SETI Institute has received a private donation to help expand the CAMS network. Among the funded projects is regular internet access to Fremont Peak Observatory.
2019, March 19 - Hans Betlem reports that the journal "Radiant, Journal of the Dutch Meteor Society" is available again starting this year.
2019, March 31 - CAMS New Zealand detected an outburst of delta Pavonids of comet C/1907 Grigg-Mellish.
2019, April 11 - Luke Juneau of CAMS Arkansas, and Scott Austin of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, report that a new station has been installed at the Observatory of UCA in Conway.
2019, April 18 - Andy Howell of CAMS Florida and Erika Kisvarsanyi of the College of Central Florida report that the new 8-camera station is installed on the roof of the science building at the College of Central Florida.
2019, April 22 - CAMS BeNeLux detected an outburst of 15 Bootids (shower IAU#923) tonight.
2019, May 06 - Peter Gural and Paul Roggemans report that the new ready-to-use cameras provided by the Global Meteor Network project have been made CAMS compatible.
2019, May 29 - Luke Juneau reports that the Benton station of CAMS Arkansas now has 16 cameras.
2019, May 28 - Dante Lauretta of NASA's OSIRIS-REX project and the University of Arizona are supporting a significant expansion of the CAMS network in the southern hemisphere in the hope of detecting the meteor shower expected if meteoroids ejected from asteroid Bennu move in sun-centered orbits.
2019, May 30 - Lara, Keanu, and Campbell Duncan are hosting CAMS New Zealand's new third station "Ashburton" in nearby Fairton.
2019, June 14 - Martin Towner and Phil Bland of Curtin University report that the first two CAMS Stations of the new Australia network are in operation.
2019, June 24 - An outburst of June epsilon Ophiuchids (shower 459, JEO) was detected by the CAMS camera network on June 19-26.
2019, June 14 - Tim Cooper reports that CAMS South Africa has achieved "first light".
2019, July 13 - Steve Heathcote of AURA/Cerro Tololo Observatory reports that now all three of the new CAMS Chile network stations are in operation.
2019, August 2 - Martin Towner and Phil Bland report that the third station of the CAMS Australia network at Bindoon is now in operation.
2019, August 13 - Andy Howell reports that a new 8-camera station has come online in the CAMS Florida network.
2019, September 10 - The CAMS boxes supporting the HESS experiment are operating as expected. The station in Windhoek is hosted by Elize Fahl, that at HESS by Toni Hanke, and the station in Rehoboth is hosted by Rynault van Wyk.
2019, September 12 - Paul Roggemans reports that MeteorNews now has an article on the record-breaking August observations by CAMS Benelux.
2019, September 22 - Eric Egland reports that the video cables at Fremont Peak Observatory were replaced today.
2019, October 31 - Tim Beck reports that the Kincade fire was stopped less than a kilometer from his home in Windsor.
2019, November 15 - Peter Jenniskens reports that CAMS cameras have detected an outburst of Phoenicids from comet Blanpain since November 12, which may still be ongoing.
2019, November 22 - The alpha Monocerotid outburst ("the unicorn shower") was observed by the CAMS EXOSS network. CAMS Florida (coordinated by Andy Howell) measured the orbits of 49 alpha Monocerotid meteors in 80-90 percent clear skies from 04h38m to 05h37m UTC. The peak time was at 05h02m UTC.
2019, December 12 - Mohammad Odeh reports that station UACN2 is back online at a new site closer to Abu Dhabi.
2019, December 23 - Mohammad Odeh reports that the UACN picked up significant Ursid activity in the night of December 22/23.
READ MORE on these stories in the News Archive below.

2020, January 1 - Happy New Year! Below is the final CAMS map of 2019, showing the natural fireworks on New Year's Eve. It has over 700 meteors plotted. The December Comae Berenicids (29 meteors) are the dominant shower, but several other showers are detected also, including early Quadrantids.

New Year

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