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Monday, September 17, 2012

Rainy Weather Meteor Radio Pings

Here in Central Texas it's been raining for the last few days and while I love the rain and we needed it badly. It really puts a damper on meteor observing! However it doesn't keep me from hearing meteors! In fact you can monitor meteors in this fashion even during the daytime!
I have my forward scatter setup which monitors a radio beam used by the U.S Govt to monitor space debris. This beam shoots up from Lake Kickapoo in north Texas near Archer City. If you live far enough away from it you cant pick the signal up directly but you can hear it as anything moves through the beam and reflects the signal back down to your antenna. In the Case of meteors this sounds like a "ping" or a "whoop" or even a long eerie whine or whistle in the case of larger meteors.

Here are a few small "pings" I picked up while it was cloudy.

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