Meteor Detection and Radio Astronomy

Welcome to our meteor detection and radio astronomy pages. Meteorscan is a voluntary group of astronomers and radio enthusiasts with a special interest in meteor detection and radio astronomy. We operate a dedicated 24/7 meteor detection system, with multiple highly sensitive ground stations.

With this project our objective is to collect high quality meteor ionisation trail data, solar observation data and other radio astronomy data. By consolidating information from multiple sites we are able to record reliable data for later retrieval and analysis. [more...]

Meteorscan is a collaborative project with the Lockyer Technology Centre, at Norman Lockyer Observatory (NLO) in UK

Our  second system at the NLO can also be enjoyed by members of the public during open days, many of whom find hearing 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 locations experience 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]

For more information about Meteorscan and Lockyer Technology Centre, please visit the About Meteorscan page.

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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