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    NASA to attempt 3D photography of Lyrid meteor shower

    From Laboratory Equipment magazine on-line

    This weekend, NASA scientists, amateur astronomers, and an astronaut on board the International Space Station will attempt the first-ever 3D photography of meteors from Earth and space.

    "The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks on April 21-22," says Bill Cooke, the head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. "We’re going to try to photograph some of these 'shooting stars' simultaneously from ground stations, from a research balloon in the stratosphere, and from the space station."

    Lyrid meteors come from Comet Thatcher. Every year in late April Earth passes through a stream of debris from the old comet, which has been bringing Lyrid meteors to our planet for at least 2600 years. Specks of Thatcher’s dust hit the top of atmosphere at 110,000 mph and disintegrate in a flurry of meteors. Most years, the shower produces about 15 to 20 Lyrids per hour.

    This is a good year to look for Lyrids because the Moon will be new when the shower peaks. Dark skies favor sightings both from Earth and from Earth orbit.

    "Even though the Lyrids are not noted for spectacular rates, the combination of a New Moon and a very favorable viewing geometry from the International Space Station (ISS) presents a unique opportunity to simultaneously image shower meteors from above and below," says Cooke.
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    I hope if anything is due to hit that it wail also be photographed similarly. I understand that the USAF isn't as willing to share DMSP data like it used to with Tagliaferri. It might be nice to combine this with infrasound, ultrasound --and the radio wave bounce:
    http://spaceweather.com/glossary/nasameteorradar.html

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    Huh! I posted here some years ago that this
    was a good project for two groups 20-30 miles
    apart with banks of guided cameras.

    Come on, lets have those Veiw-Master slides!

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    Thanks for the reminder peteshimmon. I checked nasa.gov for any kind of follow-up, but couldn't really find anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    I checked nasa.gov for any kind of follow-up, but couldn't really find anything.
    Me neither, but the article mentions the NASA Meteoroid Environment Office, so maybe that's where to expect results. There's an email address for the guy quoted in the OP if someone cares to follow up.

    Btw, they have a Lunar Impact Monitoring program too. But wouldn't everyone immediately notice when the Moon impacts us?
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    Quote Originally Posted by slang View Post
    But wouldn't everyone immediately notice when the Moon impacts us?
    Probably most wouldn't notice, they'd be too busy texting.
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    Texting!? Thats so 5 minutes ago!

    Tweeting!

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