Name of the organization/project in the original language:
Institut Royal d'Aéronomie Spatiale de Belgique (IASB) / Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Ruimte-Aeronomie (BIRA)
Name of the organization/project in English:
Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy
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BIRA-IASB is a federal scientific research institute. Its main tasks are research and public services in the domain of space
aeronomy, which studies the physics and chemistry of Earth's atmosphere, other planetary atmospheres and interplanetary
medium. The space physics division focuses mostly on ionized layers in planetary atmospheres and on space plasmas. It is at the crossroads of geophysics and astrophysics. The space physics division is responsible of the BRAMS project which aims at detecting and studying meteors with radio forward scatter observations. BRAMS is funded by the Solar-Terrestrial Center of Excellence (STCE). Using some of the BRAMS data, we have initiated a Citizen Science project called Radio Meteor Zoo (www.radiometeorzoo.eu). This project is hosted by the Zooniverse plaform (www.zooniverse.org) and asks citizen scientists to help us identifying meteor echoes in BRAMS data during meteor showers.
How are you performing research on Citizen Science, taking part in Citizen Science activities and/or supporting Citizen Science?:
Using some of the BRAMS data, we have initiated a Citizen Science project called Radio Meteor Zoo (www.radiometeorzoo.eu). This project is hosted by the Zooniverse plaform (www.zooniverse.org) and asks citizen scientists to help us identifying meteor echoes in BRAMS data during meteor showers. We are currently applying for a Flamish call on Citizen Science in Belgium, in cooperation with Flamish public observatories with two goals in mind : 1) improving the current version of the Radio Meteor Zoo and 2) promote meteor science and radio observations to the public. So we have been involved in creating the Radio Meteor Zoo and maintaining it since then (taking part), produce scientific results from the results generated by the Radio Meteor Zoo (performing research) and soon in promoting meteors and radio techniques to the public (supporting).
Name of Citizen Science Project:
radiometeorzoo.eu or radiometeorzoo.be
Brief description of project:
The Radio Meteor Zoo uses images provided by BRAMS, the Belgian RAdio Meteor Stations network which uses reflection of radio waves on meteor ionized trails to detect and study the meteoroid population entering the Earth's atmosphere. The network generates a huge amount of data with tens of thousands of meteor echoes detected every day.
During meteor showers, when Earth's orbit crosses that of a comet, the meteor activity is temporarily much higher and produces a lot of complex meteor echoes in BRAMS data. To identify them, the eye remains the best detector. So we request the use of hundreds of eyes to manually identify meteor echoes during some specific meteor showers.
BRAMS is a project of the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BISA) and funded by the Solar-Terrestrial Centre of Excellence (STCE).
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Project social media contacts:
We do not have any social media currently associated to the Radio Meteor Zoo. But in the frame of the Flamish Call, we intend to create at least a facebook page and a twitter account.