Europlanet Science Congress 2021
Virtual meeting
13 – 24 September 2021
Europlanet Science Congress 2021
Virtual meeting
13 September – 24 September 2021
EPSC Abstracts
Vol. 15, EPSC2021-201, 2021, updated on 21 Jul 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/epsc2021-201
European Planetary Science Congress 2021
© Author(s) 2021. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

PRISMA: an Italian network for the recovery of freshly fallen meteorites

Dario Barghini1,2, Albino Carbognani3, Matteo Di Carlo4, Mario Di Martino1, Daniele Gardiol1, Giovanni Pratesi5,6, Walter Riva1,7, Giovanna Maria Stirpe3, Cosimo Antonio Volpicelli1, and the PRISMA team*
Dario Barghini et al.
  • 1INAF – Osservatorio Astrofisico di Torino, Pino Torinese, Italy (dario.barghini@inaf.it)
  • 2Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Torino, Italy
  • 3INAF – Osservatorio di Astrofisica e Scienze dello Spazio, Bologna, Italy
  • 4INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico d’Abruzzo, Italy
  • 5Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università di Firenze, Italy
  • 6INAF – Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali, Roma, Italy
  • 7Osservatorio Astronomico del Righi, Genova, Italy
  • *A full list of authors appears at the end of the abstract

PRISMA is the Italian fireball network dedicated to the observation of bright meteors. It is active since 2016 and formed a collaboration involving more than 60 institutes, being coordinated by INAF, the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics. PRISMA is also a member of the European network FRIPON. To date, the network counts more than 60 all-sky detectors and has observed more than 2000 bright meteor, four of them being meteorite-dropping fireballs with a predicted strewn-field over the Italian territory. On 04/01/2020, two meteorite pieces were recovered near Cavezzo (MO) in the predicted area just three days after the fall. This was the first recovery of this type in Italy. However, due to the morphology of the two fragments, other meteorites pieces are yet to be found. More recently, on 15/03/2021, a similar event was observed in the skies of southern Italy, near Isernia. Searches for the meteorite are still ongoing, involving the local people and volunteers. In addition, two more meteorite-dropping fireballs were observed, in 2017 and 2018, for which a reliable strewn-field is available. We will report on the current status of the network operations.

PRISMA team:

F. Affaticati, M. Albani, A. Andreis, G. Ascione, T. Avoscan, P. Bacci, R. Baldini, A. Balestrero, S. Basso, R. Bellitto, M. Belluso, C. Benna, F. Bernardi, M. E. Bertaina, L. Betti, R. Bonino, K. Boros, M. Bubani, A. Bussi, A. Buzzoni, G.N. Cabizza, P. Calcidese, C. Carli, T. Carriero, E. Cascone, C. Cattaneo, A. Cellino, P. Colombetti, E. Colombi, M. Costa, G. Cremonese, D. Cricchio, T. Cuppone, G. D’Agostino, M. D’Elia, M. De Maio, P. Demaria, A. Di Dato, R. Di Luca, C. Falco, F. Federici, D. Fiacchini, M. Forteleoni, A. Frigo, F. Frontera, V. Gagliarducci, M. Garoni, A. Gerardi, G. Giuli, D. Guidetti, G. Interrante, C. Knapic, M. Lazzarin, S. Lera, G. Leto, D. Licchelli, F. Lippolis, F. Manca, S. Mancuso, F. Mannucci, R. Masi, S. Masiero, S. Meucci, A. Misiano, V. Moggi Cecchi, E. Molinari, J. Monari, M. Montemaggi, M. Montesarchio, G. Monti, P. Morini, A. Nastasi, D. Nieto, E. Pace, R. Pardini, M. Pavone, A. Pegoraro, S. Pietronave, T. Pisanu, N. Pugno, U. Repetti, M. Rigoni, N. Rizzi, M. Romeo, S. Rubinetti, P. Russo, F. Salvati, D. Selvestrel, R. Serra, C. Simoncelli, R. Smareglia, M. Soldi, R. Stanga, F. Strafella, M. Suvieri, G. Talami, C. Taricco, G. Tigani Sava, M. Tombelli, P. Trivero, G. Umbriaco, C. Vaccaro, R. Vairetti, G. Valente, G. B. Valsecchi, P. Volpini, R. Zagarella, A. Zollo, S. Zorba

How to cite: Barghini, D., Carbognani, A., Di Carlo, M., Di Martino, M., Gardiol, D., Pratesi, G., Riva, W., Stirpe, G. M., and Volpicelli, C. A. and the PRISMA team: PRISMA: an Italian network for the recovery of freshly fallen meteorites, European Planetary Science Congress 2021, online, 13–24 Sep 2021, EPSC2021-201, https://doi.org/10.5194/epsc2021-201, 2021.

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