Earth, Moon, and Planets

, Volume 95, Issue 1–4, pp 533–540 | Cite as

Meteor44 Video Meteor Photometry

  • Wesley R. Swift
  • Robert M. Suggs
  • William J. Cooke


Meteor44 is a software system developed at MSFC for the calibration and analysis of video meteor data. The photometric range of the (8 bit) video data is extended from a visual magnitude range of from 8 to 3 to from 8 to −8 for both meteors and stellar images using saturation compensation. Camera and lens specific saturation compensation coefficients are derived from artificial variable star laboratory measurements. Saturation compensation significantly increases the number of meteors with measured intensity and improves the estimation of meteoroid mass distribution. Astrometry is automated to determine each image's plate coefficient using appropriate star catalogs. The images are simultaneously intensity calibrated from the contained stars to determine the photon sensitivity and the saturation level referenced above the atmosphere. The camera's spectral response is used to compensate for stellar color index and typical meteor spectra in order to report meteor light curves in traditional visual magnitude units. Recent efforts include improved camera calibration procedures and long focal length "streak" meteor photometry. Meteor44 has been used to analyze data from the 2001, 2002 and 2003 MSFC Leonid observational campaigns as well as several lesser showers.


Meteor video photometry leonids video calibration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wesley R. Swift
    • 1
  • Robert M. Suggs
    • 2
  • William J. Cooke
    • 2
  1. 1.Raytheon/MSFC GroupSpace Environments TeamHuntsvilleUSA
  2. 2.NASA, Space Environments TeamHuntsvilleUSA

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