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, EPSC2021-208, 2021, updated on 21 Jul 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/epsc2021-208
European Planetary Science Congress 2021
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A successful example of citizen science within the PRISMA network applied to the 15th March 2021 bolide over Italy

Daniele Gardiol1, Tiberio Cuppone2, Giovanni Ascione3, Dario Barghini1,4, Albino Carbognani5, Mario Di Martino1, Matteo Di Carlo6, Francesco Ianniello7, Giovanni Pratesi2,8, Walter Riva1, Elia Rubino7, Pasquale Russo3, Giovanna Stirpe5, Diego Valeri10, C.Antonio Volpicelli1, and the the PRISMA collaboration*
Daniele Gardiol et al.
  • 1Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Torino, Pino Torinese, Italy (daniele.gardiol@inaf.it)
  • 2Università degli Studi di Firenze, Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Firenze, Italy
  • 3Associazione Sky Sentinel, Caserta, Italy
  • 4Università degli Studi di Torino, Dipartimento di Fisica, Torino, Italy
  • 5Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Osservatorio di Astrofisica e Scienze dello Spazio, Bologna, Italy
  • 6Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Osservatorio Astronomico d'Abruzzo, Teramo, Italy
  • 7Associazione Arma Aeronautica, Sezione di Caserta, Italy
  • 8Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali, Roma, Italy
  • 10Università La Sapienza, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Edile ed Ambientale, Roma, Italy
  • *A full list of authors appears at the end of the abstract

PRISMA is the italian fireball network dedicated to observation of bright meteors and recovery of freshly fallen meteorites. Since the very beginning of the project, we experienced an increasing enthusiastic participation of non-professionals, starting from amateur astronomers and reaching an ever wider audience among citizens. Nowadays PRISMA has become an established italian stakeholder in the field of meteors and meteorites, being the reference for visual warnings, video recording of fireballs and report of suspect meteorite finds.

In this contribution we will describe our experience on this topic and the methodologies we have developed to capitalize such potential, by actively training and involving citizens in activities focused on meteorite/meteorwrong identification and organized on-field search campaigns. We will show an application to the real case of the 15th march 2021 meteorite-dropping bolide in sourthern Italy, near the city of Isernia.

the PRISMA collaboration:

F. Affaticati, M. Albani, A. Andreis, 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, 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, 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: Gardiol, D., Cuppone, T., Ascione, G., Barghini, D., Carbognani, A., Di Martino, M., Di Carlo, M., Ianniello, F., Pratesi, G., Riva, W., Rubino, E., Russo, P., Stirpe, G., Valeri, D., and Volpicelli, C. A. and the the PRISMA collaboration: A successful example of citizen science within the PRISMA network applied to the 15th March 2021 bolide over Italy, European Planetary Science Congress 2021, online, 13–24 Sep 2021, EPSC2021-208, https://doi.org/10.5194/epsc2021-208, 2021.

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