Tracking fireballs for science

A free app lets you log a meteor just after seeing it

By Bethany Brookshire, 12:19 PM January 9, 2014

Watching a meteor race across the night sky is a romantic experience. And now it can be a scientific one as well. The new Fireballs in the Sky app lets you track fiery objects and enter them into a research database.

Scientists at Curtin University in Australia are tracking fireballs (meteors that are very large and bright) using cameras across Australia in a project called the Desert Fireball Network.

Their new app harnesses cell phone cameras all over the world to gather data on meteor and fi...

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