Spalding Allsky Camera Network

Events of Interest

-- 2017, February 9 - Dick Spalding, the father of the SkySentinel Allsky Camera Network, has passed away. Lindley Johnson, Planetary Defense Officer at NASA wrote: "He was a great man as well as an insightful scientist and a hero to us all, albeit largely unsung. ...He will of course be greatly missed, but I hope he was heartened in his last days by seeing us finally making progress in getting bolide reports instituted into our warning infrastructure." --

-- Father of Meteor Allsky Networks, Richard Spalding, R.I.P.

-- SkySentinel Allsky Camera Network renamed to Spalding Allsky Camera Network in honor of its Founder, Richard Spalding

-- Large Bolide over Arizona

-- Large Bolide over Wisconsin

-- A Welcome to SkySentinel's Newest Node; Tang Lung School, Pingtung, Taiwan!!!

-----(Click on the Bolide Map for JPL Fireball Reports)-----

Mr. R.E. Spalding developed the Allsky Camera System to monitor, track, and analyze Transient Luminous Events (TLE), including meteors, Sprites, Jets, etc., in order to provide "ground-truth" to assist both Science (NASA) and Treaty Monitoring (CTBTO) operations in confirming the impact of Large Meteors (bolides) in Earth's atmosphere and support the refinement of energy (based on size and velocity) and trajectory calculations.

The program objectives include: 1) field a network of uplooking, wide-angle view cameras at a number of sites throughout the continental United States and other countries, 2) develop the network to access/archive data and make the data available for processing and analysis by interested parties, 3) develop software tools for calibration, removal of detector effects and anomalies, automatic event detection and correlation among stations, and automatic trajectory computation, and 4) develop a companion, MultiSpectral Radiometer (MSR) for comparison to the Allsky cameras in order to improve the diagnostic capability of SkySentinel.

New Mexico State University, through grant funding, formally established the current SkySentinel Allsky Camera Network that was transitioned to SkySentinel, LLC and is now operated as a Joint Florida Institute of Technology, SkySentinel, LLC Science Education and Research Program.

Node Locations

      Circle = Node is Online
      Circle = Canada Allsky Network with email link to owner.
      Circle = NASA CAMS Node.
      Circle = Node is deployed, but not online.

Current Status

SkySentinel Cameras are located throughout the world. Locations can be viewed by using the provided map. The status of each node is color coded below the map.

Viewing Imagery

Each node continuously watches the sky and captures video by detecting motion and light intensity.

By clicking on the appropriate node pushpin on the map, you can view past events through the node viewer via the link provided. The circle for the online nodes indicates the approximate coverage area for that node.?

The Imagery Tab provides a list of cluster events where two, or more, nodes detected the same event. You can download a cluster event, or individual events via the node viewer, from the Imagery Tab. We keep a permanent archive of all event data uploaded to SkySentinel. Most Nodes also keep a long term archive of their data. So, If you don't see an event you are looking for, or are looking for data that is over 30 days old, please contact us at (321 505-1060

If you have, or want to acquire, an Allsky camera and want to participate in SkySentinel, please contact us at: (321) 405-2477 or