Meteorscan

Meteor Detection and Radio Astronomy

News - Queensland Meteor

A large meteor event, probably a superbolide air-burst event, has been reported over the sea near Gladstone, Queensland at 10:27 UTC, (8.27pm local time) 26th September. This is probably the largest meteor event since 2013, the details of which are currently being investigated by Meteorscan..  [read more...]

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Welcome to Meteorscan

Welcome to our meteor detection and radio astronomy pages. We are a voluntary group of astronomers and radio enthusiasts with a special interest in meteor detection and radio astronomy. Along with our other Astronomy projects, we operate a dedicated 24/7 meteor detection system, the with the primary station based at the Lockyer technology Centre in Sidmouth UK, plus several remote sites operated by our members.

With this project our objective is to collect high quality meteor ionisation trail data, solar observation data and other radio astronomy data. To do this we use the Observatory site at Sidmouth as our main detection station, along with feeds from Ventnor Radar Station and several member sites for data validation and error discrimination. By consolidating information from multiple sites we hope to be able to provide reliable data.

On a more general level, our system at the Norman Lockyer Observatory can be enjoyed by members of the public during open days, many of whom find the sound of live audio pings and visual presentation of meteors fascinating. Unlike optical astronomy, radio astronomy and meteor detection can also be enjoyed during the daytime and in any weather.



Meteor Detection Facility

Our Meteor detection facility receives VHF radar traces from the ionised trail created by a meteor as it burns up when entering the earths atmosphere. Our remote site location experiences very little local interference providing for a very sensitive system.

We gather numerical data relating to meteor activity as well as displaying a live trace along with audio on our terminal screens, making meteor spotting a very exciting and involving experience. Meteor Live View

You can view our trace screen directly on this website by visiting our live feed. The screens show us general observation information relating to quantity, size and speed of meteors as they strike the earth’s atmosphere.

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