UKFAll - The UK Fireball Alliance
The UK Fireball Alliance aims to recover freshly-fallen meteorites in the UK. Led by staff of the Natural History Museum, UKFAll is a collaboration between the UK’s meteor camera networks.
About 65,000 meteorites have been found world-wide
Only about 40 of these 65,000 were photographed as they arrived as a fireball, including of course the Winchcombe meteorite
Meteor camera networks photograph incoming meteors from multiple locations
That allows the meteor’s path through the atmosphere to be calculated accurately
From this, the meteorite’s likely landing point can be estimated
This helps us find it before it gets rained on or very contaminated
The object’s orbit before hitting the Earth can also be calculated.
So, we have a freshly-recovered object and we know where in the solar system it came from; a really powerful combination that helps us understand the solar system.
Also, the meteorite’s hardness, strength, density and composition can be compared with its path through the atmosphere to learn more about the physics of meteorite and comet impacts.
Image - The Winchcombe Meteorite, recovered in March 2021 after an appeal by UKFAll. Credit - the Trustees of the Natural History Museum
UK-based members of the UKFall team include the coordinators of each of the UK fireball camera networks, plus academic staff of UK institutions involved in space science, geology or in the study and curation of meteorites.
Overseas members include the coordinators of some of the international fireball networks and specialists in trajectory, orbit and strewn field calculations.
UKFall's current postholders are - Jim Rowe, Organiser, and Dr Luke Daly, Treasurer. UKFall is affiliated to the Geologists' Association.
The Camera Networks
The participating UK meteor camera networks are:
UK Meteor Observation Network www.ukmeteornetwork.co.uk
SCAMP, the UK component of the French FRIPON network www.fripon.org
UK Fireball Network, part of the Global Fireball Observatory https://gfo.rocks/
The NEMETODE Network www.nemetode.org
The Global Meteor Network www.globalmeteornetwork.org
The AllSky7 Network www.allsky7.net
Get your own camera and join us! All welcome.
If you're an individual based in the UK and want to be part of a meteor and fireball camera network then click on the links below. The starting point is the networks - UKMON and NEMETODE:
Once you're in touch with one or both networks, then chose your camera type. The links below are included just to show you the camera technologies:
Report a fireball
Have you seen a really bright meteor? Or heard a sonic boom that isn't related to aircraft movement? If so, please click the button below to report it. If a meteorite fell, your report may help us find it.
The Daylight Fireball of 20th March - Press Release
Here's our summary of what we think happened after the daylight fireball of Saturday 20th March. It was seen from Jersey and heard as a sonic boom from Dorset, and may possibly have dropped a meteorite in southern England. Press release dated Tuesday 30th March 2021.
Finding the Winchcombe Meteorite, by Dr Ashley King of the Natural History Museum (March 2021)
Searching for the Winchcombe meteorite - footage from the field, provided by Dr Katherine Joy of the University of Manchester (March 2021)
Dr Ashley King and Dr Luke Daly talk about UKFall in August 2020
Dr Luke Daly gives an overview of UKFall at the Europlanet Virtual Science Congress in September 2020.
Jim Rowe describes some of the technical developments allowing meteor networks in the UK to share data.
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