MAIA – double-station video observation of meteors

The aim of the project is to study sporadic meteors and less active meteor showers using the double station video experiment. The automatic instrumentation, which will be able to observe night sky every night, will be developed within the project using commercial-off-the-shelf components. Simultaneously the methods of data recording, processing and storing will be prepared. On the bases of recorded data the physical properties of the meteoroids belonging to the different populations of the sporadic background will be studied. We will be especially interested in the atmospheric trajectories, light curves and internal structure of the meteoroids. Moreover the sporadic meteors activity will be monitored round the year and the results compared with earlier data obtained by different techniques. When selected weak meteor showers will be active, the experiment will aim on their study. Beside the structure of the meteoroids also activity profile of the shower will be monitored.

Research activities

The main goals of this project can be summarized as follows:

  1. Assembly an observational system consisting from the video camera, image intensifier and computer, which could be able to automatically observe the meteor activity in the course of the year.
  2. Develop the appropriate software.
  3. Extensively test such system in real-time regime and deploy the double station observation of the meteors.
  4. Monitor the meteor activity for several years.
  5. Search for minor meteor showers; calculate their orbits, radiants, analyze their atmospheric behaviour.
  6. Identify the biases of the double station video observation and how they can influence the recorded data.
  7. Identify the sources of the sporadic meteors. Search for differences and associations among them.


Petr Páta, Karel Fliegel, Stanislav Vítek, Martin Řeřábek, Martin Blažek


Astronomical institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

Funding sources