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American Meteor Society - Meteor observing

Main Project Information
Presented By American Meteor Society
Goal Accurate observer reports on fireballs and meteors
Task Use the AMS smartphone app or report an observation online

Join the American Meteor Society community and contribute valuable and precise data relating to meteor shower and fireball observations. The AMS App allows witnesses of fireball meteors to log details about their observation using the mobile device. Sensors in the phone provide an accurate means to record the location of the observation as well as the azimuth and elevation values for the start and end points of the meteor. Using this data the AMS can accurately triangulate fireball meteors and plot their orbits to determine their celestial origins. The APP also provides a means to log observations from meteor showers. Simply start your observing session and then each time you see a meteor point to that place in the sky and swipe your finger on the screen in the direction the meteor traveled. Observation data is uploaded to the AMS website, available under your profile there and shared with the scientific community. The AMS App also provides a useful meteor shower calendar with star charts and moon conditions for all major and minor showers throughout the year.

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Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Adults, Families
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a hike, At school, At night, At home
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Tags astronomy & space, at night, fireballs, meteorites, meteors, meteor shower, nasa, night, planets, space, space science
Project Updated 05/23/2018