Meteor Detection and Radio Astronomy

Meteorscan operates 24 hours a day and is a meteor detection and recording project in collaboration with the Lockyer Technology Centre, a volunteer group with facilities at the Norman Lockyer Observatory (NLO) in England. The NLO is a volunteer staffed and working historical observatory, which houses and maintains several operational vintage telescopes and supports an active amateur astronomy society.

Meteorscan has been operational since 2009, moving to the domain in 2010. It is a non commercial project, independent of any commercial astronomy organisation. Members of both Meteorscan and LTC are all volunteers working mostly in their spare time to keep the Meteorscan project operational. We strive to maintain a high quality and reliable service, providing a live feed, help and advice for those interested in meteor detection and study.

We use multiple ground receiving stations in Europe and the contributed data is used to identify and eliminate sources of interference so that we can identify genuine meteors with good reliability. We are currently working on a project to collate historical data for comparison purposes.

Receiving and monitoring equipment for our experiments is fed from dedicated VHF aerial arrays, a dedicated fixed frequency HF antenna and a broad band log periodic antenna, as well as a multi-band shortwave aerial.

Shortwave transmissions are made from the observatory site 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 24/7 during the predicted 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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