Radio Meteor Zoo Project: Inviting Citizen Scientists To Identify Meteors

Radio Meteor Zoo Project: Inviting Citizen Scientists To Identify Meteors

Just imagine what you could accomplish if you had a dedicated team of hundreds, thousands, or even millions of people collecting data to support your work. You could move mountains… or you could join the citizen science project “Radio Meteor Zoo” and help astronomers identify the multiple and complex shapes of meteor echoes in BRAMS radio data during meteor showers. This is a super easy task that any person can do after going through a short tutorial, just a few clicks to draw a rectangle around every meteor echo and it’s fun to do!

About The Radio Meteor Zoo Project

The Radio Meteor Zoo is a citizen science project started by the Scientists from the BRAMS radio meteor network in collaboration with Zooniverse where curious individuals are invited to identify meteor echoes in BRAMS radio data gathered mostly during meteor showers. This project aims to ask many people to identify meteor echoes in the BRAMS spectrograms during some meteor showers. 

BRAMS (Belgian RAdio Meteor Stations) is a network of radio receiving stations using reflection of radio waves on meteor trails to identify and define meteoroids falling into the Earth’s atmosphere. The Radio Meteor Zoo practices images collected from the BRAMS, the Belgian Radio Meteor Stations network which utilizes reflection of radio waves on meteor ionized trails to identify and analyze the meteoroid population accessing the Earth’s atmosphere. 

The network produces a huge amount of data with tens of thousands of meteor echoes identified every day. To classify this data human eyes are always considered as the best detector. So astronomers are urging all the amateur space gazers to use their eyes to manually classify meteor echoes during some particular meteor showers.

How To Get Involved In Radio Meteor Zoo?

Astronomers are seeking the help of many eyes from citizen scientists around the world. Your help is invaluable! Curious astronomy lovers from all over the world and of all ages are welcome to participate. Whether you love meteors, astronomy, or just helping out, come join the Radio Meteor Zoo today and explore the enthralling world of cosmology.

It is crucial for this project that as many people as possible join the effort. You could help the BRAMS team a lot if you advertise this project to your relatives and companions, and to any astronomy groups, you may be affiliated with. Your meteor discoveries will be used to decide how many particles enter the Earth’s atmosphere per hour, to determine the peak time of meteor activity, to evaluate the size dispersion of the particles, and to calculate trajectories of particles using data from multiple BRAMS receiving stations. You may get involved in this project by simply visiting!

Moreover, you can also chat with astronomers and other users on Radio Meteor Zoo Talk. The team is looking forward to collaborating with you!

Become A Citizen Scientist!

You might be a promising citizen scientist without even knowing it. Astronomy has a long history of achievements by citizen scientists such as William Hershel, a notable musician, who discovered Uranus, and Thomas Bopp, a construction parts manager who detected one of the century’s most famous comets, the Hale-Bopp. Their discoveries opened a whole solar system to explore. Citizen science provides a platform for everyone, regardless of their background. The world requires citizen scientists to stimulate research and to unlock some of our universe’s greatest unsolved mysteries. With data pouring in from all angles, citizen science generates a system of responsibility and action to drive significant change.

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