The NASA All-sky Fireball Network is a network of cameras set up by the NASA Meteoroid Environment Office (MEO) with the goal of observing meteors brighter than the planet Venus, which are called fireballs. The collected data will be used by the MEO in constructing models of the meteoroid environment, which are important to spacecraft designers.
This website displays fireball data observed by the network in the form of images, movies, diagrams, and text files.
The MEO has created material for educators, containing background information about meteors, a description of the network, and suggestions for classroom use of the data. This is available below as a workshop, along with accompanying datasets and video.
Workshop (47Mb PDF)
Datasets (Excel Spreadsheets):
The network currently consists of a few cameras placed in locations in north Alabama, northwest Georgia, and southern Tennessee. The network is growing all the time, with plans to place a total of 15 cameras in schools, science centers, and planetaria in the United States, predominately east of the Mississippi River, where there are few such systems. The cameras will be deployed in clusters of 5 with one group spread over the Southeast US, another in the Ohio and Kentucky area, and another along the Atlantic coast in the Northeast.
Here are the criteria that must be met for a location to be considered as a camera site:
1. Location east of the Mississippi RiverIf you are a representative of a school, science center, or planetarium interested in hosting a fireball camera, and you meet the above criteria, please fill out this form.
2. Clear horizon (few trees)
3. Few bright lights (none close to the camera)
4. Fast internet connection