Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

First UK cameras to scan the night skies

Date:
September 9, 2010
Source:
University of Hertfordshire
Summary:
An astronomy graduate has set up the first UK camera which can continuously scan the night sky and dictates the best conditions for surveys.

David Campbell with the All-Sky camera.
Credit: Image courtesy of University of Hertfordshire

An astronomy graduate at the University of Hertfordshire has set up the first UK camera which can continuously scan the night sky and dictates the best conditions for surveys.

David Campbell, an Astrophysics graduate at the University, who collects meteorites as a hobby, set up the camera at Bayfordbury Observatory in October 2009 and has captured some interesting data since then.

The All-Sky camera records images of the entire sky continuously throughout the night. One of the main aims of the camera is to detect clouds above the observatory so that researchers can monitor sky conditions and gauge the best time to scan the sky.

The camera is an SBIG AllSky-340C, containing a highly sensitive Kodak 640x480 pixel CCD and a Fujinon 1.4mm f1.4 fisheye lens giving horizon to horizon coverage.

David's project is the first known attempt at automating the detection of clouds at night from such a camera and he has come up with findings that suggest that Sunday nights are four times clearer than Tuesdays nights, although more surveying is needed to confirm this categorically.

The Bayfordbury camera has already detected twenty-six potential fireballs, and a few actual fireballs from the recent Perseid meteor shower. Another camera has been set up at Hemel Hempstead and one at the Isle of Wight and a camera is currently being set up in Norfolk, which means that very soon the astronomers will be in a position to triangulate the path of an incoming meteor and help in the recovery of meteorites.

"We could be filming a supernova before we know it," said David. "The All-Sky cameras give us a complete record of the sky, not just a compressed picture. No one has surveyed the night sky over the UK like this before."

The AllSky camera website can be found at: http://star.herts.ac.uk/allsky


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by University of Hertfordshire. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

University of Hertfordshire. "First UK cameras to scan the night skies." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 9 September 2010. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100909074013.htm>.
University of Hertfordshire. (2010, September 9). First UK cameras to scan the night skies. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 28, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100909074013.htm
University of Hertfordshire. "First UK cameras to scan the night skies." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100909074013.htm (accessed August 28, 2014).

Share This




More Matter & Energy News

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Australian Airlines Relax Phone Ban Too

Australian Airlines Relax Phone Ban Too

Reuters - Business Video Online (Aug. 26, 2014) Qantas and Virgin say passengers can use their smartphones and tablets throughout flights after a regulator relaxed a ban on electronic devices during take-off and landing. As Hayley Platt reports the move comes as the two domestic rivals are expected to post annual net losses later this week. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Hurricane Marie Brings Big Waves to California Coast

Hurricane Marie Brings Big Waves to California Coast

Reuters - US Online Video (Aug. 26, 2014) Huge waves generated by Hurricane Marie hit the Southern California coast. Rough Cut (no reporter narration). Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Chinese Researchers Might Be Creating Supersonic Submarine

Chinese Researchers Might Be Creating Supersonic Submarine

Newsy (Aug. 26, 2014) Chinese researchers have expanded on Cold War-era tech and are closer to building a submarine that could reach the speed of sound. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Breakingviews: India Coal Strained by Supreme Court Ruling

Breakingviews: India Coal Strained by Supreme Court Ruling

Reuters - Business Video Online (Aug. 26, 2014) An acute coal shortage is likely to be aggravated as India's supreme court declared government coal allocations illegal, says Breakingviews' Peter Thal Larsen. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins