Amateur Space News May 12, 2014

The Team America Rocketry Challenge held over the weekend leads todays headlines. In addition amateur meteor observations, smartphone astronomy, amateur outreach programs in India and the US, a free online astronomy course from The Planetary Society, weather-watchers in Puerto Rico, middle school student make progress towards orbit, and news from Mars One.

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Fireballs in the Sky Tracks Meteors with your Smartphone

Use your smartphone to help scientists find pieces of asteroids and planets here on Earth. Fireballs in the Sky, an app for Android and iOS, lets people report large meteors streaking through the night sky. Scientists use the data to triangulate the meteor’s path and find meteorites that reach the ground.

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Nasa's Meteor Counter App

The Meteor Counter project created an iPhone app and an Android app so you can count meteors streaking across the night sky. Your reports help Nasa’s researchers create better forecasts of meteor showers and understand the space environment around Earth and the Moon.

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SatCam app improves climate research

Your smartphone can make science better. The SatCam project wants to improve space-based tools scientists use to study the atmosphere. The SatCam app lets you send ground truth reports of cloud cover so scientists can check weather satellites' accuracy

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mPing app crowdsources weather data

The mPing project lets amateur weather-watchers with Android or iOS smartphones collect ground-truth for professional meteorologists. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Oklahoma created the app because they needed a way to fill the gaps in weather radar coverage. Amateurs submitted over 250,000 observations during the winter of 2012-2013 alone.

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