The BRAMS team needs your help to detect Perseid echoes in the Radio Meteor Zoo project!

On August 12, the BRAMS team has officially launched the Radio Meteor Zoo, a Citizen Science project organized in collaboration with scientists from Zooniverse:

The goal is to ask many people to detect meteor echoes in the BRAMS spectrograms during some meteor showers. This is an easy task that any person can do after reading a short tutorial: just a few mouse clicks to draw a rectangle around every meteor echo. And it's fun to do!

An example of a BRAMS spectrogram.

Picturesque overview of August 10/11, 2016 video meteors

Sirko Molau shared a nice overview of the meteors recorded on August 10/11, 2016 by his four video cameras REMO1 to REMO4 in Ketzür, near Berlin, Germany.

Short and strong outburst of the gamma Draconids on July 27/28

A short and strong outburst of the gamma Draconids occurred close to midnight UT on July 27/28, 2016. It was detected by CAMS Benelux and the CMOR radar and confirmed by preliminary video data from the IMO network.

CAMS BeNeLux recorded an outburst of gamma Draconids around 0h UT on July 28. Due to clouds, only 2 stations were active. In half an hour, 5 multi station gamma Draconids were recorded. More than 50 single camera stream members were registered in less than 2 hours.

Proceedings International Meteor Conference 2016 are out!

Proceedings 2016

The Proceedings of the 35th IMC, edited by Adriana and Paul Roggemans, are out. They are available for free download. Participants who have ordered a printed copy, will receive one soon.

From the Foreword by Felix Bettonvil, chair of the Local Organizing Committee and member of the Scientific Organizing Committee, we quote the following: "We all saw that the field of meteoroids-meteors-meteorites is a very exciting one, and every year more and more so. The specialization of visual observations, the initial goal of IMO in gathering these worldwide, is accompanied now by many other techniques, best maybe video, but also spectroscopy, radio, simulations, software, lab experiments. Modelling and forecasts improve year after year, and rather than making observational results less important, all these models and theory actually ask for yet more – and better – observational work. The specialism of meteors touches an ever increasing number of other disciplines: meteorites, comets, asteroids, hazards for spacecraft. And last, but not least, technical innovations, like almost everywhere, truly become interdisciplinary." Of course, the rich, high-level content of these proceedings reflect this observation about the 35th IMC.

We wish you all happy reading!

WGN 44:3 out now

WGN 44-3

The June 2016 issue of the IMO Journal is now in print. It will be mailed shortly and subscribers can also immediately access the journal in PDF format. The contents this month:

  • The International Meteor Conference 2016 experience (M. Moreno-Ibáñez)
  • Thirty-Sixth International Meteor Conference, Petnica, Serbia, September 21–24, 2017 (D. Pavlović, S. Todorović, M. Živanović, N. Božić)
  • Kappa Cygnid rate variations over 41 years (J. Rendtel, R. Arlt)
  • Strong return of the December α-Bootids (P. Jenniskens)
  • Central European MetEor NeTwork: Current status and future activities (J. Srba, J. Koukal, M. Ferus, L. Lenža, S. Gorková, S. Civiš, J. Simon, T. Csorgei, M. Jedlička, M. Korec, S. Kaniansky, J. Polák, M. Spurný, T. Brázdil, J. Mäsiar, M. Zima, P. Delinčák, M. Popek, V. Bahýl, R. Piffl, M. Čechmánek)
  • Taurid swarm exists only in southern branch (STA) (Y. Shiba)
  • Results of the IMO Video Meteor Network — January 2016 (S. Molau, S. Crivello, R. Goncalves, C. Saraiva, E. Stomeo, J. Kac)

Front cover image: Fireball on 2016 June 2 from Pico de la Gorra (Gran Canaria, Spain). Photo courtesy: Pedro Pérez Corujo.

You can help the International Meteor Organization too!

IMO work is done entirely by volunteers, and helping hands are most valuable. You can help IMO a lot, even by performing small tasks! If you are willing to help, please send us a mail and mention how you would like to help us:

  • I volunteer to write news items for the new IMO website* (in a team of website editors)
  • I volunteer to react to posts on the new IMO website (in a team of website editors)
  • I volunteer to proofread pages on the new IMO website (in a team of proofreaders for the IMO website)
  • I volunteer to be the webmaster of the new IMO website: coordinating the editors, making sure all pages are working as they should
  • I volunteer to edit 1 or 2 papers per year for IMO’s journal WGN (in a team of WGN editors)
  • I volunteer to proofread papers for WGN (in a team of WGN proofreaders)
  • I volunteer to answer questions from beginners, and to extend the FAQ section of the IMO website (in a team of similar volunteers)
  • I’ve got a specific suggestion: …
* The brand new IMO website will be launched in 2016