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It’s full of falling stars! But wait a minute. There are even more videos from this same user. Does he waste every night looking at the sky? Does he goes through hundreds of hours of videos searching for meteors? Is this a hoax?

No, he just uses a fantastic piece of software that automates mostly everything: the UFOCaptureV2! It’s joined by the UFOAnalyzer and the UFOOrbit. The whole package automates the process of detecting unusual phenomena in the sky, and even attempts to automatically classify and analyze it.

Check the samples of videos captured by the software: meteors, birds et al and, what I was quite skeptical when I first saw it, even sprites, elves and jets! Of course, it wouldn’t be worth its name if it didn’t also capture UFOs.

The software is free for use for 30 days, and the price is more than worth it, as the developer actively adds features and corrects bugs, being also available in support forums. For less than U$5,000 one would be able to set up a system, and that’s from scratch: the most expensive parts would be the high-sensitivity night camera and associated optics, and the dedicated PC.

I’m completely flabbergasted and excited by this piece of software and its results. This may look like a paid advertising post, but it’s in fact simple candid enthusiasm.

You see, it took science, and those brave real scientists, a lot of effort to even prove and accept that meteors exist – rocks do fall from the sky. Then, sprites, elves and jets were only confirmed scientifically – by accident – less than twenty years ago. It involved special research equipment and even the the Space Shuttle. This is really new, advanced stuff.

But now, you can confirm the existence of these phenomena literally at the comfort of your own home, giving a new meaning to armchair research. Check unusual sky phenomena just like you would check your email.

The resulting data will also make robust physical evidence, as the setup automatically records time, you wouldn’t be changing places much often, and it even automatically tries to estimate various data such as angular sizes from a built in star map system. If several people aim at the same area of the sky, it would make amazing physical evidence. Just like the Japanese are already doing to track meteors, lightning and all.

I’m really excited about it, and plan to promote and setup a system here in Brazil, a hotspot for lightnings and, local ufologists claim, UFOs.

Not convinced yet? Take a look at this (and the video). Did you know meteors could do that? More images and videos can be seen here.

There’s more UFO software suggested by the French folks of RR0, and my personal discovery of this gem came yesterday thanks to Odin from Ufofu.

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  1. Odin57 July 19th, 2008 9:15 am

    Hi ! Here is a little text (in french sorry) about UFOcapture

    and my own experience of this soft with a Watec camera.

    http://pagesperso-orange.fr/invader55/Ufocapture-Odin57-camera.htm

    Regards

    Odin57 from Ufofu

  2. Boing Boing July 19th, 2008 8:16 pm

    Software to video meteors (and other stuff in the sky)…

    UFOCapture is a Windows application that helps you videotape meteors and other fast-moving stuff in space. You hook up a sensitive video camera to your computer, point it out your window, and while you slumber, the software saves all the good bits. It…

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  4. Pat July 20th, 2008 3:59 pm

    That IS amazing – a blue-green streak on a black and white video!

  5. Mori July 20th, 2008 4:24 pm

    Pat, those are scintillation masks, where the reference stars and the sudden luminosity changes are highlighted. They also make the raw videos available.

  6. Tim July 20th, 2008 10:26 pm

    Interesting software. I just use my camera and scan through the videos for meteors, satellites, airplanes, and, of course, UFOs. No UFOs but plenty of the other stuff. Interesting that this kind of arrangement can do real science with UFO sightings. I wonder why UFO groups don’t attempt such an effort?

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  10. Mike August 9th, 2008 1:05 am

    I really wanted this until I did the math.
    $160 is just too steep for me.

  11. Mori August 9th, 2008 10:47 pm

    You can try the software for 30 days, Mike… Indeed the price is a bit steep.

    But if you are not using it with a high-end camera, with high-sensitivity, it’s not that useful anyway (to capture UFOs, sprites, etc). And those cameras cost a lot more than $160…

    So, for those with limited resources, I suggest you to just play with it for 30 days, it will capture some things and give you a taste of what it can do.

  12. Jim September 27th, 2009 7:34 pm

    They are doing this in the USA and more.
    http://meteorimg.freeforums.org/index.php

  13. Brian October 10th, 2010 3:47 am

    I’m surprised we aren’t having a serious conversation about the video of the “did you know meteors could do that?” clip….Indeed I did not know they could do that. In fact, I always thought that movement such as that indicated some sort of propulsion. What could possibly cause a meteor to zig-zag accross the sky in such a manner? I suppose I could imagine hot gasses, or it exploding in a strange non-uniform way…but intuitively these seem extremely unlikely. Can someone please give me some sort of scientific explanation for this so I can stop comming up with lame, and half assed explanations in my head? (cause I will, too…I’m just like that! LOL!)

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