Navigating between sky and earth

If you like to look at the sky and rocks, find out how to observe them alongside our scientists. The Vigie-Ciel and Vigie-Terre participatory science programmes are for you!

Météorite près de la voie lactée

© A. Debons Guffro on Unsplash

Head in the clouds

Why were 10 times more meteorites found in the 19th century than in the 20th? The answer is that no more meteorites fell in the past, but citizens are having more difficulty identifying them today. Perhaps they observe the sky less than in the past. Yet such objects are unique and of great scientific value. Formed 4.5 billion years ago, they tell us about the first moments of the creation of the Solar System.

If you want to help astronomers and specialists in the field to find these rarities, join the Vigie-Ciel project now! You will allow researchers to study them before they are altered.

This programme offers several ways to participate. You can give evidence after seeing a large shooting star or join the meteorite collection teams in a specific area of the country. You can also search for impact craters on Earth, which have witnessed spectacular falls in the past, from your computer. At home or away, choose your mode of exploration!

Go to the Vigie-Ciel website

Désert du Platé, Haute-Savoie

© MNHN - P. De Wever

Feet on the ground

If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, opt for the Vigie-Terre programme. Hidden by vegetation or buildings, certain rocks are sometimes revealed during work or by natural phenomena. Keep an eye out for them and report them to scientists before they are covered up again. Thanks to the tutorials at your disposal, you can even describe your find to them!

Several places of remarkable interest have been discovered by amateurs. Dinosaur tracks, glacial moraines, perfectly preserved fossils... real treasures! By contributing to the study of the geological heritage, you may be lucky enough to spot a unique site yourself. This is a great opportunity to contribute to research projects and to advance our knowledge of the history of our planet.

Go to the Vigie-Terre website

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