Meteorscan

Meteor Detection and Radio Astronomy


For more than 10 years the Meteorscan project has been operating our meteor radar detector 24 hours a day. Meteorscan is an amateur meteor detection and recording project based in Southern UK.

Meteorscan is an amateur radio astronomy project which has been operational since 2009, opening our dedicated meteorscan.com domain in 2010 in order to share our observations with other astronomers and radio enthusiasts worldwide.

As amateur astronomy enthusiasts, we are a non commercial project independent of any astronomy or commercial organisation.

Contributors to the Meteorscan project are volunteers working in our spare time to keep the equipment and servers operational and also working on advancing our detection and meteor identification methods. We strive to maintain a high quality, stable and reliable service, providing a live feed, data archive and 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

Our system is based on several identically calibrated amateur receiving stations based in Europe. 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 observatory in order 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 new solar cycle (presently on hold).

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

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