Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Meteor Detection Data Updated - 2013 Results

The high level data summary page has been updated for 2013.

Following is the annual comparison of meteor counts where we can see a slight increase over previous years. Unfortunately there was a slight increase in system failures due to running out of space on the new smaller capacity SSD main drive on several occasions. Data is now archived to a larger data HDD to avoid this problem.

The increase in meteor detection is likely due to slightly clearer skies throughout the year with the probability of bad weather on a given night decreasing from 44.11% to 43.01%, whilst the probability of detecting at least one meteor increasing from 49.68% to 51.71%. Additionally, a new record detection month was achieved in July, with a total of 81 meteors detected (see observatory statistics).

As at the end of 2013, the system has captured 1,842 meteors!

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