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Sensors 2018, 18(1), 77; doi:10.3390/s18010077

Real-Time Detection of Sporadic Meteors in the Intensified TV Imaging Systems

Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, Technicka 2, 166 27 Prague, Czech Republic
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Received: 9 November 2017 / Revised: 25 December 2017 / Accepted: 27 December 2017 / Published: 29 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Imaging: Sensors and Technologies)
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The automatic observation of the night sky through wide-angle video systems with the aim of detecting meteor and fireballs is currently among routine astronomical observations. The observation is usually done in multi-station or network mode, so it is possible to estimate the direction and the speed of the body flight. The high velocity of the meteorite flying through the atmosphere determines the important features of the camera systems, namely the high frame rate. Thanks to high frame rates, such imaging systems produce a large amount of data, of which only a small fragment has scientific potential. This paper focuses on methods for the real-time detection of fast moving objects in the video sequences recorded by intensified TV systems with frame rates of about 60 frames per second. The goal of our effort is to remove all unnecessary data during the daytime and make free hard-drive capacity for the next observation. The processing of data from the MAIA (Meteor Automatic Imager and Analyzer) system is demonstrated in the paper. View Full-Text
Keywords: sporadic meteor; real-time detection; image intensifier; meteor automatic imager and analyzer; graphical processing unit sporadic meteor; real-time detection; image intensifier; meteor automatic imager and analyzer; graphical processing unit
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Vítek, S.; Nasyrova, M. Real-Time Detection of Sporadic Meteors in the Intensified TV Imaging Systems. Sensors 2018, 18, 77.

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