Meteor Shower Camera

Meteor Shower Camera has Bird's Eye View

Dr Ashley King and Helena Bates, from the Natural History Museum, and Peter Campbell-Burns and Richard Kacerek from UKMON (UK Meteor Observation Network), came to William Perkin to help set up the Meteor Shower camera.

As you can see there were quite a few bits to put together, but they all manged to put together what they needed.

It is hoped that the camera will be affixed to a pole, within camera housing, on the 3rd floor roof of the school. The meteor data that WP receives will feed into UKMON, and Elite Scientist students will be able to analyse the data using special software to track speed, trajectory, origin and frequency of meteors.

Here is a little about them:

UKMON was set up in early 2012 with the aim of it becoming the first UK-wide network using CCTV cameras to capture meteor trails across night sky.

Their objectives are:

  • Establish a network of relatively cheap CCTV cameras to monitor continuously meteor activity over the UK;
  • Assist members with analysis of meteor data and publishing papers;
  • Enable members contribute to, and collaborate with, other networks across Europe using video data acquisition technology;
  • Bring together individuals who are already working independently;
  • Encourage involvement by individuals and organizations (including astronomy societies, schools and colleges);
  • Provide a platform for sharing knowledge and experience.

It is hoped that the Elite Scientists will be able to write and publish their findings in an article for an Astronomy Journal, as well as produce a poster for The Royal Society Conference, Imperial Festival 2017, Cambridge University, and The Natural History Museum. Heady days ahead!

Ms Kapila
Leader of the Elite Scientists
William Perkin CofE High School

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