Teachers get hands-on with Fireballs!

Teachers and lab technicians had some fun and got hands on with Fireballs at the Science Teachers’ Association of Western Australia STAWA Future Science conference last week. Over 60 heard from team leader, Phil during his key note talk and another 20 dissected meteorites, made craters and measured angles with Gretchen, Ellie and Jay.  Everyone had a great time and left with a […]

This weekend: Geminids!

The Geminids are set to be a great show on the weekend. For more, check out “Everything you need to know” by EarthSky: http://earthsky.org/space/everything-you-need-to-know-geminid-meteor-shower    

Red faces for red sand dune camera

It was an amusing text message I received from Luke this week with some pictures of a very wonky looking camera: Luke and the team are out servicing and installing yet more DFN cameras across eastern South Australia. They woke up to find the camera they had serviced the day before positioned at a jaunty angle. The sand dune it was on […]

The team are getting further away … and closer to Birdsville!

The DFN team’s field trip to put out more cameras in SA had them seeing some beautiful skies and making friends with the wildlife. A quick note and some awesome picks just in from our team out installing cameras, they’re closer to Birdsville than Kalgoorlie! “The trip is going very well, 3 of 7 cameras already deployed – 4 sets loaded in […]

Fireballs at Earth Science Month events

To celebrate International Earth Science Week, the Fireballs team and other Earth scientists at Curtin are visiting schools and events all October. Here’s Lucy presenting about her work and how she got into Earth science at the Esperance Agricultural Show. Everyone loved finding out about the project, holding real meteorites and dissecting play-dough replicas! We’ll be visiting schools in Perth too, and […]

DFN expands into South Australia

The Desert Fireball Network continues to grow, and over August and September it’s been spreading into South Australia. The aim is for it to eventually record the night sky above one third of the area of Australia, focusing on the places where there’s the least vegetation and settlement.     During the first trip, Martin C and Jimmy installed five cameras – […]

Travelling time!

Rob and Ellie just got back from Beijing where they presented at the Scientific Symposium of the International Union of Radio Science, and saw a few of the sights too.  And while some of the team are travelling around South Australia to install more cameras, a number of others are heading off to Morroco next week for another conference! Conferences are a […]

Wolfe Creek Crater – Aboriginal and Scientific Views

John Goldsmith studied Aboriginal astronomical knowledge in his PhD project at Curtin University. Find out how the indigenous local people to Wolfe Creek Crater share their understandings of Kandimalal – Wolfe Creek meteorite crater – in this video. The video was developed by John Goldsmith (Celestial Visions) with the support of the John and Robin de Laeter Science Engagement Scholarship.

Perth fireball – August 4th 2014

This stunning fireball was observed over Perth this morning (August 4th) at approximately 6am. A number of reports have been received via the Fireballs in the Sky smartphone app, and this image was recorded by Curtin’s Fireball Network camera at Badgingarra. The observation is consistent with an extraterrestrial rock coming through the atmosphere, and the Fireball Network crew are hard at work […]