[meteorite-list] Citizen Science App to help record fireballs

From: Gretchen Benedix-Bland <G.Benedix_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2013 02:29:57 +0000
Message-ID: <9F2AB7E0-B456-4AB9-AFAE-5A01FB603F6B_at_curtin.edu.au>

Dear all -

I am writing to tell you about an exciting new free app.

 It allows anyone to report a fireball sighting anywhere in the world. The app is available for both iOS (https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/fireballs-in-the-sky/id709019924?mt=8) and Android (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tw.fireballs) phones and has a very easy interface. Basically you point at the sky where you think the fireball started and click on your phone, and do the same for where you think you saw the fireball disappear. You can then input all kinds of other attributes of the fireball. If enough sightings of a single fireball exist, it will indicate that it was the real thing. Data from a lot of areas will be collated to form a database of fireball trajectory data, thus allowing more orbits of extraterrestrial material to be resolved.

This project is funded by the Australian Research Council and is called the Desert Fireball Network. Information about the project can be found at: http://www.fireballsinthesky.com.au/

We would be very happy to receive comments, suggestions and feedback.

Thanks very much.

Gretchen Benedix
Senior Lecturer
Curtin University
Received on Sun 27 Oct 2013 10:29:57 PM PDT

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