Interesting Events I have seen while observing at CSS

As an observer with the Catalina Sky Survey I often see a number of asteronomical events while at work. Sometimes our cameras image events like meteors, bolides and their smoke trails high up in the atmosphere as we survey for Near Earth Asteroids and Comets. Below is a collection of some of the more interesting ones.

ALL images courtesy Catalina Sky Survey / Lunar and Planetary Lab / NASA


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Fireball caught by the Mt. Lemmon All Sky Camera

2014 February 09.

 

 


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Meteor Breakup

2014 January 28 at the Catalina Schmidt,  FOV Width 2.7 degrees,
Note the multiple fragment trails.

 

 


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October 26, 2013 - I was at our Schmidt telescope and I saw a bright fireball in the cloud camera monitor. One of the brightest I've seen. I checked the Mt. Lemmon All Sky camera archives but unfortunately that camera was not exposing at the time of the event. about 2 hours later I was surveying well east of the fireball's location and ran across it's smoke & dust trail. These are two adjacent survey fields. The trail mismatch between the two images is due mostly because the winds were blowing the trail eastward, so it moved a bit from one exposure to the next.

The fireball occurred a bit after 9pm local and these images were made just before 11pm. The two images combined are about 5 degrees across

 

 

Meteor with smoke trail through the field

2010 March 20th 09:35:45 UT - Catalina Schmidt,  FOV 2.7 degrees per side.
North up, East left. Center of field 12:11:17.4 Right ascension, +09:51:58.0 Declination
30 second exposure.


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Meteor Breakup

2010 October 8th 09:47:34UT Catalina Schmidt,  FOV Width 2.7 degrees