Searching for Fireball Precovery Images

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The Fireball Retrieval on Survey Telescopic Image (FROSTI) project seeks to locate meteoroids on pre-existing sky survey images. The association of in-space and in-atmosphere images provides a unique opportunity to correlate results from different observation and modelling techniques. In-space and in-atmosphere observations both directly and indirectly yield conclusions as to object size, composition and dynamics. With the two observations of the same object, one is able confirm consistency, or highlight discrepancies, in existing methods. One would hope as well that the discovery of a pre-fireball meteoroid (PFM) would add to the understanding of the visual properties of Earth-impacting objects. The discovery of a PFM in space would serve to confirm or suggest refinements to methods used to calculate heliocentric orbits from fireball observations.

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