Did you see a meteor, or something unusual in the sky?Â Check if we also picked it up on camera from Dunsink using the image browser below.Â Each image is a long-exposure (about 10-20 seconds) view of the sky.
We have two cameras connected to this interface, both at Dunsink Observatory. One is pointed to the West and the other is an all-sky camera which covers the whole night sky but only catches the brightest meteors.
Information about using the interface
When you search for a time, use your local time, not UTC. The cameras are switched off during the day, coming back on at twilight.
Some images are labelled as meteors, aircraft, etc., and you can select only images with a certain label. Note, however, that this is an imperfect process and not all meteors are labelled as meteors. A good way to find interesting images is to select by “popularity” at least 1.
Filter by camera: choose whether to show images from both cameras or just one.
Popularity: any image that the meteor-detection algorithm thinks is interesting is given +1 popularity. Any image that has been “starred” by a website visitor also gets +1 popularity. A higher popularity number is a good way to find the best images.
If you click on an image thumbnail, a full-size PNG will open in a new tab. The filename contains the date and time in format YYYYMMDD_HHMMSS, plus some other info. Here the time is in UTC.