What is the GMN?

What is the GMN?




Explore the GMN trajectory data set: SETI Bolide visualizer

Join the project by installing a GMN camera! Here is how: Obtaining a camera

For schools and educators: Join the GMN outreach program

Space is fun [citation needed]. How about exploring secrets of the cosmos, but without NASA’s budget?

Average shooting stars, also known as meteors, are caused by pea-sized pieces of space rocks left behind by a comet. Observing those fragments as they ignite in Earth’s atmosphere can give us their orbits, which means you know from which part of the Solar System they came from. In cases of very bright meteors (aka fireballs), it is even possible to retrieve a fallen rock! How cool is that?!?

The goal of this project is to observe meteors, with a global network of cameras pointed at the night sky. Each camera is connected to a Raspberry Pi running open-source software for video capture, compression and meteor detection.

In other words, with a meteor station on your house, you’re exploring the Solar System’s formation and evolution!


Special thanks to our Patreon supporters and donors, with your help we are one step closer to giving everyone the opportunity to contribute to humanity’s knowledge of the Solar System and the advancement of meteor science! You are the best!

Patreon supporters:
– Myron Valenta
– Jocimar Justino
– David Rollinson
– Ken Jamrogowicz
– Przemek Nagański
– John Thurmond
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