Prairie Meteorite Network

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Prairie Meteorite Network
Formation 1964[1]
Extinction 1975[2]
Type Camera network
Legal status Defunct
Purpose Record meteorite falls
Region served
Midwestern United States
Parent organization
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

The Prairie Meteorite Network was a system of sixteen camera stations in Midwestern United States, run by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory[3] from 1964 to 1975. The network used surplus aerocameras with 6.3–12 inch focal length wide angle metrogon lenses that covered a format of 9 x 18 inches on aero roll film. During ten years of network activity only one meteorite fall was recorded, the Lost City meteorite in 1970.

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  1. ^ McCrosky, Richard E. (1 May 1965). "The Prairie Meteorite Network". Optical Engineering 3 (4): 304127. doi:10.1117/12.7971304. 
  2. ^ "Smithsonian Observatory Prairie Network Meteor Patrol". Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Re: (meteorobs) Prairie Meteor Network