Desert Fireball Networking

Research Projects | Updated 4 years ago

An observatory station at night
Kybo Camera Station
Image copyright of WA Museum

In September 2010, a team comprising members of the WA Museum’s Earth and Planetary Sciences Department; London’s Natural History Museum, Imperial College London and Germany’s Münster University headed out to the Nullarbor in search of meteorites. This was no ordinary meteorite search, but part of the ongoing cooperative of the “Desert Fireball Network” that utilises a number of cameras spread across the Nullarbor to record meteorite fireballs as they fall to Earth. Once identified by the camera system, field-crews head out to locate the falls. Associate Professor Alex Bevan led this particular team in a two-week endeavour to find an estimated 65g meteorite identified by the cameras.

A photo gallery of the trip can be viewed here: http://www.museum.wa.gov.au/explore/galleries/desert-fireball-networking.