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, EPSC2021-243, 2021, updated on 11 Jan 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/epsc2021-243
Europlanet Science Congress 2021
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Analysis of meteors observed in the UV by the Mini-EUSO telescope onboard the International Space Station

Dario Barghini1,2,3, Matteo Battisti1,2, Alexander Belov4, Mario Edoardo Bertaina1,2, Sara Bertone1, Francesca Bisconti1,2, Francesca Capel5, Marco Casolino6,7,8, Alberto Cellino3, Toshikazu Ebisuzaki7, Daniele Gardiol2,3, Pavel Klimov4, Laura Marcelli6, Hiroko Miyamoto1,2, Piergiorgio Picozza6,8, Lech Wiktor Piotrowski9, Guillaume Prévot10, Enzo Reali8, Naoto Sakaki7, Yoshiyuki Takizawa7, and the Mini-EUSO collaboration*
Dario Barghini et al.
  • 1Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Torino, Italy (dario.barghini@edu.unito.it)
  • 2Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare – Sezione di Torino, Italy
  • 3Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica – Osservatorio Astrofisico di Torino, Italy
  • 4SINP, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
  • 5KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 6Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare – Sezione di Roma Tor Vergata, Italy
  • 7RIKEN, Wako, Japan
  • 8Dipartimento di Fisica, Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Italy
  • 9Faculy of Physics, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • 10Universitè de Paris, CNRS, Astroparticule et Cosmologie, Paris, France
  • *A full list of authors appears at the end of the abstract

During its first six months of operations onboard the Zvezda module of the International Space Station, the Mini-EUSO wide-field telescope detected more than two thousand meteors in approximately 40 hours of data taking. Mini-EUSO observes the Earth’s atmosphere in the UV range (290 – 430 nm) with a field of view of about 44° x 44° through a nadir-facing, UV-transparent window with a focal surface of 48 x 48 pixels and a resolution of about 6.3 km on ground. While temporal resolution and triggering are at the timescales of 2.5 μs to potentially record UHECR showers and TLEs, Mini-EUSO performs a continuous monitoring of the UV emission at a 40.96 ms timescale, where meteors are recorded. We developed an analysis pipeline able to offline detect, track and characterize meteor events and subsequently compute their physical parameters, such as tangential speed, magnitude, duration and trajectory azimuth. In this contribution, we present the implemented reduction methods and the results of the analysis of the sample, providing comparisons with existing databases of meteors observed in the optical band.

Mini-EUSO collaboration:

S. Bacholle (9), D. Barghini (1,2,3), P. Barrillon (11), M. Battisti (1,2), A. Belov (4), M. Bertaina (1,2), F. Bisconti (1,2), K. Blaksley (7), S. Blin-Bondil (12), F. Cafagna (13), G. Cambiè (6,8), F. Capel (5), M. Casolino (6,7,8), A. Cellino (3), M. Crisconio (14), I. Churilo (15), G. Cotto (1,2), C. de la Taille (12), A. Djakonow (16), T. Ebisuzaki (7), F. Fenu (2), A. Franceschi (17), C. Fuglesang (5), P. Gorodetzky (18), A. Haungs (19), F. Kajino (20), H. Kasuga (7), B. Khrenov (4), P. Klimov (4), S. Kochepasov (4), V. Kuznetsov (15), L. Marcelli (6), W. Marszal (16), M. Mignone (1), G. Mascetti (14), H. Miyamoto (1,2), A. Murashov (4), T. Napolitano (17), A. V. Olinto (21), H. Ohomori (7), G. Osteria (22), M. Panasyuk (4), M. Porfilio (14), A. Poroshin (4), E. Parizot (9), Picozza (8,6), L. W. Piotrowski (9), Z. Plebaniak (1,2,16), G. Prévot (10), M. Przybylak (16), E. Reali (8), M. Ricci (17), N. Sakaki (7), K. Shinozaki (1,2,16), J. Szabelski (16), Y. Takizawa (7), M. Traiche (23), G. Valentini (14), S. Wada (7), L. Wiencke (24), I. Yashin (4) \\ Affiliations: (1) Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Torino, Italy (2) Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare – Sezione di Torino, Italy (3) Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica – Osservatorio Astrofisico di Torino, Italy (4) SINP, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia (5) KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden (6) Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare – Sezione di Roma Tor Vergata, Italy (7) RIKEN, Wako, Japan (8) Dipartimento di Fisica, Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Italy (9) Faculy of Physics, University of Warsaw, Poland (10) Universitè de Paris, CNRS, Astroparticule et Cosmologie, Paris, France (11) LAL, Universitè Paris-Sud, CNRS/IN2P3, Université Paris-Saclay, Orsay, France (12) Omega, Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS/IN2P3, Palaiseau, France (13) Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare – Sezione di Bari, Italy (14) ASI, Italian Space Agency, Italy (15) S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, Korolev, Moscow area, Russia (16) National Centre for Nuclear Research, Lodz, Poland (17) Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare - Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Italy (18) APC, Universitè Paris Diderot, CNRS/IN2P3, CEA/Irfu, Observatoire de Paris, Sorbonne Paris Cité, France (19) Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany (20) Konan University, Kobe, Japan (21) The University of Chicago, IL, USA (22) Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare - Sezione di Napoli, Italy (23) Centre for Development of Advanced Technologies (CDTA), Algiers, Algeria (24) Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, USA

How to cite: Barghini, D., Battisti, M., Belov, A., Bertaina, M. E., Bertone, S., Bisconti, F., Capel, F., Casolino, M., Cellino, A., Ebisuzaki, T., Gardiol, D., Klimov, P., Marcelli, L., Miyamoto, H., Picozza, P., Piotrowski, L. W., Prévot, G., Reali, E., Sakaki, N., and Takizawa, Y. and the Mini-EUSO collaboration: Analysis of meteors observed in the UV by the Mini-EUSO telescope onboard the International Space Station, Europlanet Science Congress 2021, online, 13–24 Sep 2021, EPSC2021-243, https://doi.org/10.5194/epsc2021-243, 2021.

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