Bulletin of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Astronomy, no. 62, p. 16-20 (2020)

Determination of equatorial coordinates of bolide from observations with stationary low-sensitive home guard video camera

P. Kozak, PhDP.
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

S. Stariy, PhD . 

V. Ye. Lashkaryov Institute of Semiconductor Physics NAS Ukraine


Method for determination of equatorial coordinates of a bright bolide detected with wide-angle low-sensitive home guard camera on 9 August 2020 above Kyiv is presented. Due to low sensitivity of the camera there were no objects for comparison in the frames with the bolide, and sky was obstructed more than a half by the crown of threes. For a search of objects of comparison with known equatorial coordinates we proposed to use the images of the Moon and Mars, which systematically got into frames during the next month – September. The corresponding formulae are presented. The precision of the bolide’s equatorial coordinates calculation were tenths of degree at field of view of the camera 100°, and the trajectory angular length was near 15°. The bolide was very slow, and according to calculations did not belong to the Perseid meteor shower, which was active during the observations.

Key words
Meteors, video observations of meteors, observations with home guard video camera, methods for meteor observations processing.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17721/BTSNUA.2020.62.16-20