10 Nov. 2016 – Radar Studies of Meteors by Jeff Lashley

Jeff Lashley
Jeff Lashley

Jeff is the Technical Director of the East Anglia Astrophysical Research Organization formerly knows as East Anglia Amateur Radio Observatory. The name was changed to better covey the nature of their work.

EAARO is an educational and scientific charitable company and the organisation is building a radio astronomy observatory and satellite ground station near Cambridge. Their main objective is to encourage and inspire young people to pursue science, technology and mathematics interests.  They also want to develop basic radio astronomy for the wider community.

Jeff explained the nature of meteors and how they could be detected using the reflected signals from a powerful VHF transmitter located in southern France. He explained that from the signals detected, the meteor velocity and directions can be calculated. The information thus obtained can be used to back up present theories.

The organisation is also outfitting another remote station on the Orkney Islands with the hope that a transmitting license can be obtained for radar studies at that location.

For anyone interested in meteor detection and radio astronomy, there is a website at: http://www.meteorscan.com/meteor-live.html  showing live detections!