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Advances in Astronomy
Volume 2010, Article ID 167494, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/167494
Research Article

Robotic Systems for Meteor Observing and Moon Impact Flashes Detection in Spain

1Facultad de Ciencias Experimentales, Universidad de Huelva, Avenida de las Fuerzas Armadas S/N, 21071 Huelva, Spain
2Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya, Gran Capità 2-4, Ed. Nexus, 08034 Barcelona, Spain
3Institut de Ciències de l'Espai-CSIC, Campus UAB, Facultat de Ciències, Torre C5-p2., 08193 Bellaterra, Spain
4Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía-CSIC, Camino Bajo de Huetor 50, 18080 Granada, Spain

Received 28 June 2009; Accepted 21 September 2009

Academic Editor: Alberto J. Castro-Tirado

Copyright © 2010 José M. Madiedo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

A robotic observatory has been setup in the south-west of Spain with the aim to study meteoroids interacting with the Earth's atmosphere and meteoroids impacting on the Moon's surface. This is achieved by using an array of high-sensitivity CCD video cameras and three automated Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes. We summarize here the main characteristics of this new facility.