Fireball from 12 August 2015 at 21:58:59
Perseid fireball from Wilcot station
Perseid fireball from Clanfield North station
Perseid fireball from Church Crookham station
Perseid fireball from Cardiff station
Perseid fireball from Norman Lockyer station
Another bright meteor from Horley station
UKMON is a collaboration of amateur astronomers who share a common interest in meteors. Together we are building a network of CCTV cameras across the UK to monitor CCTV activity in the night skies and capable of collecting valuable scientific data.
We can learn only a little about any one meteor from a single CCTV camera view, but by combining views from different cameras we can determine altitudes, velocities, and even look for the origins of a meteor. Do this for many thousands of meteors we are able to build a very detailed picture. We can only do this by working together and sharing our data.
For lots or reasons, but for many of us it is the opportunity participate in real science that motivates us. The data gathered by UKMON partners contributes to our understanding of meteors and is of interest to the professional scientific community. It’s great fun too as you never know what you're going to catch on the camera- it’s rather like astro-fishing.
Anyone is welcome to join our network, whether you are an amateur astronomer or a professional scientist, an astronomy group or society, a school or colleges. Astronomy is your interest as well as ours.
It's easy. See our UKMON website, follow us on Twitter or facebook. Or if you want to be hands-on and set up your own CCTV camera, just email us.
We have published a simple guide which tells you what is involved in setting up and running a CCTV meteor monitoring station on the UK Meteor Network website.