Watching the skies for meteors

By: LaddObservatory , 9:02 PM GMT on January 22, 2012

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There are some times during the year when a number of meteors can be seen in the sky. For example, the recent Quadrantid meteor shower during the early morning hours of January 4th. But late January is not usually a time that you would expect to see meteors. It is possible, though.

At the Ladd Observatory we've been testing a sky camera to watch for interesting phenomena in the night sky. The camera has a field of view of 90 by 140 degrees which can take an image of nearly the entire sky every 10 seconds.

Last Thursday morning an extremely bright meteor was captured. It was brighter than Mars or Jupiter and left a trail that lingered for nearly 10 minutes.

Click here to see a time lapse video of the meteor.

Spectacular metor on Jan. 19, 2012 (LaddObservatory)
A spectacular meteor caught by the sky camera on the roof of Ladd Observatory at 3:23:30 AM EST on Jan. 19, 2012. The North Star is at the right, Mars is just to the left of the meteor, and Saturn is the bright one near the top left corner, Arcturus is at the top.
Spectacular metor on Jan. 19, 2012
Ladd Observatory Sky Camera (LaddObservatory)
The small gray weather proof box in front of the dome on the roof of Ladd Observatory contains a digital all sky astronomy camera which is used to capture images of the night sky.
Ladd Observatory Sky Camera

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Rare Fireball Meteor caught on camera aired on the 6pm WPRI 12 news on Jan. 26.
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2:23 PM GMT on January 26, 2012
This fireball meteor photo was published in the Providence Journal on Jan. 25th. "Visitor from outer space caught on Providence camera"
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8:36 PM GMT on January 24, 2012
The Ladd Observatory will be open to the public, free of charge, from 7-9pm tonight (Tue. Jan. 24)

Drop by and see the planet Jupiter and its moons through a telescope and learn more about the sky camera that was used to capture the images of the meteors.

Visit our website at for directions and more detailed information.
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