High Speed Camera at High Altitude Observatory

Project Details


We conducted a high-speed camera campaign for TLEs (transient luminous events) in Taiwan from 2018 to 2019. We have successfully recorded sprites at the NCU Lulin observatory with the high-speed camera at 5000 fps (frame per second). We have also tried to find better observation sites. Due to the high sensitivity and high time resolution of a high-speed camera, the observation sites require a nearly transparent atmosphere and less light pollution. Recent results of the high-speed camera have shown that the recording of sprite streamer interactions and collisions at 100,000 fps was achieved in U.S. and gigantic jets in 2017-2018 near the north coast of Colombia were recorded at 5,000 fps. In this project, we will use our developed techniques on high-speed camera and analyze the data from the ISUAL payload onboard FORMOSAT-2 satellite. Besides, we will apply for an upcoming campaign at Taiwan high altitude mountain to record the TLEs and contribute our new observations to the sprite community.
Effective start/end date1/08/2031/08/21

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • sprites
  • transient luminous events
  • high speed camera


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