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NASA asks public for meteor photos and videos

Video and photos could help analyze meteor's path

NASA and the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute are asking for the public's help finding photos and video of a daylight meteor that fell over Northern California on Sunday, the NASA Ames Research Center announced Wednesday.

The meteor was sighted over the Sierra Nevada mountains shortly before 8 a.m. Sunday, causing a sonic boom heard throughout the area, researchers said.

Through more photos and videos of the meteor, NASA and SETI researchers hope to analyze the trajectory of the meteor as it fell, lending insight into its orbit in space and where fragments of it may have landed on Earth.

Astronomer Peter Jenniskens with NASA Ames and the SETI Institute already found a four-gram fragment of the meteor in a parking lot in Lotus, Calif., on the American River.

"This appears to be a rare type of primitive meteorite rich in organic compounds," Jenniskens said.

NASA is asking anyone who took photos or video of the meteor to contact Jenniskens at petrus.m.jenniskens@nasa.gov.

— Bay City News Service

Comments

Posted by Give-A-Little-Get-A-Little, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 26, 2012 at 10:23 am

Hopefully NASA will make any pictures that they receive from the public available to the public. That would only be fair.


Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 26, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Here's a recent meteor photo NASA received from the public and made public:

Web Link

Something new and interesting there every day.

Even though everyone seems to carry a camera now, I'll be surprised if any photos of the daylight sonic boom meteor exist, as few people would react quickly enough. Best bet would be surveillance or traffic video that has some sky in the field of view.

Most meteors are not very photogenic. Meteor showers are fun to watch however, if only a nearby dark-sky location were available. All our parks close at sunset.


Posted by Carlito waysman, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 26, 2012 at 6:19 pm

>Through more photos and videos of the meteor, NASA and SETI >researchers hope to analyze the trajectory of the meteor as it >fell, lending insight into its orbit in space and where fragments >of it may have landed on Earth.

NASA of all people, you thought they would be able to see beforehand whenever a phenomena like this happens and let the pupulation know. The dinosaurs did not miss a thing by not living in a "modern and highly civilized" times, with everyone of us loaded with the latest and greatest electronic gizmos. And yet, like the dinosaurs we did not see this one coming until it was flying over our heads.

We got lucky this time, what about the next one which can be bigger or lets say a lot bigger?


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