Fireballs and bright meteors are small-sized NEOs, typically centimetres to metres in diameter, that collide with the Earth but are sufficiently small to burn out almost completely in the atmosphere, leaving long bright trails. Some of the original material can survive the entry phase and reach the ground as meteorites. The study of meteors and meteorites can give important clues on the small-size distribution of the NEO population and the composition of asteroids and comets.

 

The SSA-NEO Fireball Information System is currently in preparation: once completed it will provide a comprehensive entry point to relevant information (time, location, brightness, images, videos, etc.) on observed fireballs and meteors. All events observed since 1 January 2010 having visual magnitude brighter than -10 will be included.



For the time being please refer to the following sites:

IAU Meteor Data Center
http://www.astro.amu.edu.pl/~jopek/MDC2007/


ESA Research and Science Support Department Meteor Research Group
http://www.rssd.esa.int/index.php?project=METEOR&page=Index


International Meteor Organization: Fireball observations
http://www.imo.net/fireball


NASA's All Sky Fireball Network
http://fireballs.ndc.nasa.gov/

 


A fireball over The Netherlands on 13 October 2009

Credits: Robert Mikaelyan