I recently attended a NASA meteor workshop at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute in Western North Carolina. The workshop consisted of two days of talks put on by the world’s foremost meteor scientists. The talks centered around meteors and video cameras and all sky camera networks and topics relating to the operation and analysis of meteors using different types of cameras and software. There were some VERY cool advanced technologies showcased at this event. I was invited to speak and gave two presentations. The first presentation was about the recent work my company did for the AMS website and the second was an update on the Mason Dixon Meteor hunt. Both presentations were well received and I got a lot of new pointers and ideas that will recharge the meteorite hunt. It was really great to meet the upper echelon of the meteor community and I consider it a privilege being invited to such an exclusive event.
Here is a PDF of the workshop program which contains an agenda and abstracts of each presentation.
For the MDM hunt update I used The Official Page of the Mason Dixon Meteor, as I guide for my presentation.
Here are a few astro photos I took from the PARI site.
Nestled inside the Shenandoah Mountains, PARI has very nice dark skies.
Allowing for a prominent Milky Way.
Here’s a picasa photo gallery with a few more pics from the trip.
And a time lapse video of all photos taken over the three days.