Technical architect. Amateur astronomer. Speaker of Venice Planetarium.
IMO founding member. Leader of Italian Meteor Group and UAI Meteor Section. Visual, video-photographic and radio meteor observer, interested in data analysis, computer and astronomical literature.
Visual meteor observer since 1987 (saw more than 5000 meteors), video from 2006 to 2016, regular all-sky photopatrol of fireballs from summer 2019, regular 24-hour radio observations from 2010. In addition - research and observation of variable stars search and revision.
PhD in Astrophysics and PhD in Chemistry. I currently work as Associated Doctor at the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC). I am the coordinator of the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN), which operates in Spain and neighbouring areas (www.swemn.org). I am running the SMART Project (Spectroscopy of Meteoroids in the Atmosphere by means of Robotic Technologies). In the framework of this survey I currently operate over 80 high-sensitivity video cameras and spectrographs from 10 different observatories, together with three systems for the detection of radio meteors.
I also conduct the MIDAS Project (Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System) together with the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA), to detect and analyze impact flashes produced by meteoroids that hit the lunar surface.
Visual, photographic and video meteor observer, active since 1978. Observed more than 80 000 meteors visually. Observed many meteor outbursts including the (big) Leonid outbursts of 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006. I also observed the Perseid outbursts of 1992, 1993, 1997, 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2016. I participated in many expeditions to observe these outbursts. I observed meteors from the Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, China, La Palma (Spain) and Namibia.
Also active in photographic work (1980-1993) and all sky work (1988-1996 and 2012-2018). I am currenty participating in the CAMS Benelux network with four CAMS systems (351, 352, 353 & 354).
Not a member of any association but he tries to dedicate most of his freetime to meteoritics, especially to calculate fireballs' trajectory, solar system orbits and strewnfields. Working in IT helps developing new softwares to support this goal.
(Site: Budapest, Hungary)
Intrigued by the source of meteors and fireballs, Ravi is always on his toes to spot a space junk reentry and find out whodunnit. An amateur that got trapped in this predicament years ago when inquiring into reports of aliens and UFOs, only to find most reports leading to rational, explainable stimuli. Ever since , Ravi has been on a warpath to slay UFO hoaxers and save the deluded from gullibility.
While there won’t be any hard-hitting analysis, do expect some exciting space media.
Richard has been involved with astronomy for 30 years. Co-founded UK Meteor Network and is currently co-authoring Meteor News project. In addition, Richard is now also co-working on EDMOND catalogue archive.