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SPMN NETWORK RESEARCHERS

The activities carried out by the SPMN team are mainly based on the study of meteors, fireballs and meteorites. Different types of studies are being performed, such as the calculation of meteoroid orbits from conventional photography, video and CCD techniques, stream's spatial densities, elucidation of meteor parent bodies, meteor spectroscopy, meteor atmospheric modelling, identification of meteorites and meteorite recovery, and development of meteor software. Our team consists of researchers of different scientific disciplines interested in an interdisciplinary study on meteors and meteorites. Astrophysicists, geophysicists, geologists, chemists and astronomers work together as a whole to improve our knowledge about this interesting field. The SPMN Network is open to the participation of other professional researchers and also to the cooperation of amateur people. The most important research lines covered by our team and the contact person are:

Meteorite characterization: Jordi Llorca (UPC) and Josep M. Trigo-Rodriguez (CSIC-IEEC)

Determination of meteoroid orbits and spectroscopy of meteors and fireballs: Josep M. Trigo-Rodriguez (CSIC-IEEC) and J.M. Madiedo (UHU)

CCD techniques applied to meteor detection: Alberto Castro-Tirado (IAA-CSIC)

Links between minor bodies and meteoroids: Jose L. Ortiz (IAA-CSIC)

Detection of fireballs and superbolides: Jose A. Docobo (USC)

Seismic and infrasound detection and analysis of bolides: Mar Tapia (IEC)

SPMN NETWORK COVERAGE

The Spanish Photographic Meteor Network monitors the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal), but also the south of France and North of Morocco. The first four station all-sky CCD cameras, and allowing a full coverage of meteoric activity started operation during 2005. Nowadays, our all-sky CCD and video cameras are set in more than 20 stations that are not only detecting fireballs, but also meteors brighter than magnitude +3. As a by-product of our research we obtain accurate estimations of the flux density of annual streams and elusive meteor outbursts. We are also interested in characterizing the dynamic origin and nature of minor showers.

Currently operational SPMN stations. They are covering several regions with excellent conditions for meteorite recovery. The cercles represent the 400-km wide fireball detection areas optimally covered from each station, although the detection limit is about 500 km.

AMATEUR PARTICIPATION IN OUR NETWORK

Our network try to promove the active participation of amateur astronomers at different levels. We are particularly aware of the importance of popularizing all these aspects to the people, and different types of efforts are conducted. Several amateur astronomers collaborate with the SPMN, allowing a continuous scan of meteor events from several stations. During the 90's decade we promoted this field that was nearly unknown in our country. Nowadays our camera system monitor the full Iberian Peninsula so any amateur is invited to send their own captures of meteors and fireballs. Amateur participation is, in fact, a nice way to introduce the people in this field of astronomy. The different stations analyze the meteor activity around the year, and the camera operators dedicate part of their time to get valuable scientific data. Each people contribute with its time and intruments to obtain images that professional astronomers will analize to obtain the astrometric measurements. In order to participate in our network please contact SPMN