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Michael Mewhinney
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
650-604-4789
michael.s.mewhinney@nasa.gov

Karen Randall
SETI Institute
650-960-4537
krandall@seti.org

Oct. 19, 2012
 
MEDIA ADVISORY : M12-75
 
 
NASA, SETI Institute Ask Public for Meteor Videos and Photos
 
 
an image of the Oct. 17, 2012 meteor from Lick Observatory footage

Image from security camera footage at Lick Observatory.
Image credit: Lick Observatory


the calculated trajectory of the meteor

Preliminary trajectory calculated by Peter Jenniskens from Sunnyvale and San Mateo College Observatory CAMS video data.
Image from: http://cams.seti.org

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. – NASA and the SETI Institute are asking the public to check their video security camera footage around 7:44 p.m. PDT Wednesday night, in the hope it recorded the meteor that illuminated the sky over the Bay Area and created sonic booms. That video may help researchers study how the meteor broke during descent.

The fireball was filmed by two stations of NASA's Cameras for All-sky Meteor Surveillance (CAMS) project, located in Sunnyvale and at the San Mateo College Observatory. The calculated trajectory shows that meteorites may have fallen just north of San Pablo Bay, along a band stretching east of San Rafael towards Sonoma and Napa, a mostly agricultural area.

"This was a slow moving fireball, which greatly increases the chances that a significant fraction of it and somewhat larger pieces survived," said meteor astronomer Peter Jenniskens, of the SETI Institute. A map of the fireball’s trajectory and the general area where the search would commence can be found at the CAMS website. To report video and photographic records, please visit:

http://cams.seti.org

Media interested in interviewing Jenniskens are asked to contact Karen Randall of the SETI Institute at 650-960-4537. For more information about NASA Ames, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ames

For more information about the SETI Institute, visit:

http://www.seti.org

 

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