The UAE Meteor Monitoring Network Workshop at SAASST
The Sharjah Academy for Astronomy, Space Sciences and Technology at the University of Sharjah organized the "UAE Meteor Monitoring Network Workshop" in collaboration with the UAE Space Agency. The workshop aims to introduce astronomers and astronomy specialists to this project, in addition to presenting some results and meteorites that were captured using the network towers distributed throughout the UAE.
SAASST is home to a number of laboratories and centers specialized in scientific research in space sciences and astronomy: the CubeSat Laboratory, the Meteorites Center, the Space Weather and Ionosphere Laboratory, and the Radio Astronomy Laboratory. Each of these laboratories and centers works to achieve its research objectives, and also gives university students from the disciplines concerned the opportunity to contribute to their research and learn from the experiences at the Academy.
The Academy's Meteorites Center works on various research projects aimed at using the UAE Meteor Monitoring Network, reporting the nature, rate and distribution of space debris (whether natural or man-made) in the country, analyzing the interaction between the atmosphere and space debris, and studying Meteorites for valuable information on the evolution of the solar system. This in addition to training students to use the hardwares and softwares available to analyze meteorites, and the preparation of a unique laboratory in the United Arab Emirates able to collect, analyze and classify meteorites.
The Meteorites Center houses the UAE Meteor Monitoring Network, which consists of three towers distributed in three cities: Sharjah, Al Ain and Liwa in cooperation with the UAE Space Agency to be able to achieve comprehensive coverage of the sky of the UAE, and each of these three towers has 17 cameras covering monitoring the skies from sunset to sunrise. The Network will monitor any potential meteors or man-made satellite debris passing through the sky of the country, and determine the location of the fallen debris. This unique global network comes as part of the International Space Awareness Program, which educates the general public of the dangers of space debris.