• Hashtag= #catchameteor


    Each year, millions of observable, unexpected meteors encounter the Earth's atmosphere and become a spectacle to the population below.  Many of the brighter "shooting stars" actually reach the surface of the Earth, becoming "meteorites", encapsulating secrets of our universe in their charred remains.

    The meteor that fell over Chelyabinsk in February of this year produced meteorites with a mass of over 1 kg. Most meteorites, however, are very small and often break into even smaller pieces before landing in remote areas, hiding in plain sight as the moisture of Earth's atmosphere degrades them.

    Challenge Description:

    Educate the interested public about the science of Near-Earth Objects (NEOs), the likelihood of encounters with objects of various sizes, and the discoveries that are made by studying these rocky visitors to our planet.  

    Functional Specifications:

    Enhance education on the subject of NEOs through visualizations, games, social media, and the building of an online community. 

    Techniques to observe with more accuracy, precision, or even with different methods (like building a radio receiver to "hear" the meteor as it encounters the ionosphere), could be shared by this community and enable it to be self-sustainable.

    Look at meteor-tracking apps like those listed below and design something similar, but with an educational spin on it.


    GMAT (http://gmat.gsfc.nasa.gov)

    Meteor Counter (http://meteorcounter.com/)

    Google Sky Map (http://www.google.com/mobile/skymap/)

    Star Walk (http://vitotechnology.com/star-walk.html)

    Meteor Shower Guide (http://www.meteorshowerguide.com/)


    • General Mission Analysis Tool


      The General Mission Analysis Tool (GMAT) is a space trajectory optimization and mission analysis system developed by NASA and private industry in the spirit of the NASA Vision. GMAT contains new technology and is a testbed for future technology development. To satisfy NASA's mandate and maximize technology transfer, GMAT is an open source software system licensed under the NASA Open Source Agreement.

    • Meteor Counter


      An app to easily capture meteor observations.

    • Google Sky Map


      An app to explore the skies on an Android device.

    • Star Walk


      Star Walk is an award-winning Education app that allows users to easily locate and identify 20,000+ objects in the night sky.

    • Meteor Shower Guide


      Meteor Shower Guide is the complete pocket reference for annual meteor showers.

      This is the most comprehensive meteor shower app available.

    • NASA Meteoroid Environment Office (MEO)


      The NASA Meteoroid Environment Office (MEO) is the NASA organization responsible for meteoroid environments pertaining to Spacecraft engineering and operations. The MEO leads NASA technical work on the meteoroid environment and coordinates the existing meteoroid expertise at NASA centers.

    • All-Sky Fireball Network


      The MEO operates two all-sky camera systems in the southeastern United States for the detection of bright meteors and fireballs. The systems, designed by collaborators at the University of Western Ontario, are designed to measure meteor speeds and orbits. The goals of this project include determining the velocity distributions for bright meteors as a function of mass and measuring the meteor shower activity in this mass range. The MEO will establish two more camera systems in the near future.

    • American Meteor Society APIs


      Here is a developer login you can use to access the APIs with the username: [email protected] and password: nasa_dev

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