The DOMe camera, installed on the walkway as part of the international Fireball Recovery and Inter-Planetary Observation Network (FRIPON) project. Credit: Sylvie Beaulieu

The FRIPON Science Project (Fireball Recovery and Inter-Planetary Observation Network) is an international effort to study interplanetary matter through the detection and analysis of fireballs – bright meteors that streak across the sky. These scientists are interested in understanding the orbit, trajectory, and size of these space rocks. Why is tracking meteors important? Meteors hold clues about the formation of our solar system and studying them can help us better understand the universe’s history and the materials from which Earth and other planets were formed.

FRIPON operates with a global team of researchers and deploys a network of connected cameras and radio receivers, including one on the catwalk of the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic. This network helps track meteors and fireballs, offering valuable insights into the composition and origins of these objects.

This is the most recent image taken by the FRIPON Dome meteor camera. Do you see any signs of meteors?