Meteor Detection and Radio Astronomy

The Meteorscan Project operates 24 hours a day and is a meteor detection and recording project based in South West England.

Meteorscan is a citizen science project and has been operational since 2009, opening our dedicated domain in 2010 in order to share our observations with other astronomers and radio enthusiasts.

We are a non commercial project, now independent of any astronomy or commercial organisation.

Contributors to the Meteorscan project are all volunteers working mostly in our spare time to keep the Meteorscan project operational. We strive to maintain a high quality, stable and reliable service, providing a live feed, a data archive plus help and advice for those interested in meteor detection and study.

Our dedicated automated detection software is written in house and maintained by the project coordinator.

We use multiple amateur receiving stations based in Europe and the contributed data is combined to identify and eliminate sources of interference, so that we can identify genuine meteors with good reliability.

Receiving and monitoring equipment is fed from dedicated VHF aerial arrays, a dedicated fixed frequency antenna for Jupiter monitoring, a broad bandwidth log periodic antenna for our Solar Spectrometer, VLF antennas for detection of Sudden Ionospheric Disurbances and a multi-band shortwave aerial for Ionosperic analysis (Project Iona).

Shortwave transmissions are made from our private observatories in the HF spectrum to determine subjectively, the present state of the ionosphere. The ionosphere is affected influenced by solar activity, weather phenomena and meteor activity. We are also working on a new project called "Iona" to analyse the Ionosphere automatically during the forthcoming deep solar decline.

Although meteor detection is our main 24/7 activity, we also carry out other experiments including direct monitoring of solar RF radiation and signals from other stars and planets such as Jupiter (NASA JOVE project).

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