AMOS at Canary Islands
March 26, 2015 (press release)
Slovak astronomers have installed their original equipment at Canary Islands observatories for the first time. Particularly at Teide and Roque de los Muchachos of Astronomical Institute of the Canary Islands. AMOS (All-sky Meteor Orbit System) observing the night sky in video and providing meteor orbits was developed and is operated by Astronomical and Geophysical Observatory of Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics, Comenius University in Slovakia. Since 2007 the prototypes of this system have been in operation and they currently form the Slovak video meteor network. AMOS is patented and was awarded by a gold medal at INVENTO 2013 exhibit.
AMOS provides scientific information on meteors - very small fragments of bodies of the Solar system - while entering the atmosphere of the Earth and burning in there. Study of meteors helps us to understand their parent bodies - asteroids and comets and the environment of the Near-Earth space. Locating AMOS in elevation of 2300 m above the sea level, with dark skies and excellent observing conditions allows the system to enhance its efficiency. In addition it provides observation of the northern as well as part of the southern skies. The data will help to improve the model of meteoroid populations around the Earth. These models serves for protection of satellites, space probes and the International Space Station in the orbit around the Earth.
Future plans of the working group includes the installation and operation of AMOS in Chile and coverage of the Southern sky. This will allow the monitoring of both hemispheres and will expand the video meteor network to Chile, Canary Islands and Slovakia, which covers 18 hours of the 24 hour day of the Earth.
The latest generation of AMOS was invented, developed, constructed, tested and installed within grant project APVV-0517-12 by astronomers and engineers (Tóth, Kalmančok, Zigo, Kornoš, Világi, Šimon) of the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics, Comenius University in Bratislava.
RNDr. Juraj Tóth, PhD.
KAFZM, FMFI UK
Google Earth, J.Tóth a P. Zigo (UK)
Canary Islands (Spain) are located at the West coast of Africa on 28 degrees North latitude. Its location is ideal for observation of Northern and partially Southern sky.
One of the best astronomical sites and observatories in the world are located at La Palma and Tenerife islands (mutual distance of 143 km). Among Chile and Mauna Kea, Canary islands sites provide best observing conditions in the world.
Location of AMOS at Roque de los Muchachos observatory.
AMOS being installed at Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma, by Pavol Zigo, Jaroslav Šimon and Juraj Tóth (Jozef Vilagi taking the photograph).
AMOS system open and ready for observation at dawn, Roche de los Muchachos, La Palma.
Opening of AMOS in progress at dawn, Teide, Tenerife.