Fireballs in the Sky
Fireballs in the Sky is the award-winning outreach and citizen science program that connects the public with the research of the Desert Fireball Network, based at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. Together with NASA, the research project has expanded to become a Global Fireball Observatory that aims to understand the early workings to the solar system by studying meteorites, fireballs and their pre-earth orbits. Through Fireballs in the Sky, the outreach extends the reach of the research and shares the exciting adventures of this blue sky science with the worldwide community. This innovative outreach program encourages global citizens to get involved in the research by reporting fireball sightings through the Fireballs in the Sky app. Through augmented reality, an intuitive interface and sensing technology of a smartphone app, anyone anywhere in the world can recreate their fireball sighting to contribute scientifically useful data.
Fireballs in the Sky is currently on hiatus as its parent organization grows and transitions from the Desert Fireball Network to the Global Fireball Observatory. We are taking advantage of this time to recreate Fireballs in the Sky as an expanded, modernized, global, internationalized project. Curtin University is partnering with NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute in this effort. We are currently working to establish additional domestic and international partnerships in this endeavor. Stay tuned here for updates!
Although this site is no longer maintained, there are lots of resources to check out for your classroom, old blog posts to explore, or you can head to the Space Science and Technology Centre or GFO site for up to date information on our engagement efforts.