Category: Radio Astronomy

Camelopardalids Meteor Shower: 24, May

Well unlike the results from the Eta Aquarids , the Camelopardalids produced a much more convincing peak of activity and at the predicted time! Like my Geminid observations , the ‘9db above noise’ plot, produces a nice peak well above the other days either side.  Looking at the 3db plot, there is quite a bit of activity the day after the showers peak on the 24th. I wonder if this indicates a higher density of smaller particles on one side…

Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower 6th & 7th May

Finally managed to go through the data from the Eta Aquarids. The  shower was estimated to occur between the 4th and 8th of May. The IMO’s visual record show peaks on the 6th and 7th of May.  I was a little unprepared for this observation and should have started the data collection a 3 earlier. This would have given a better baseline of background activity from which any  Aquarid activity would hopefully stand out from….

Lyrids Meteor Shower

With the recording of the Geminid shower last year producing a graph that seemed to match pretty well with data collected and published by the the IMO, I felt that the set up of my radio telescope was working well enough to capture last months Lyrids. Running between the 16th and 25th this gave enough of a window to allow the plot to show both the general background activity both before and after the shower….

Geminid Meteor Scatter Observations: 29, November – 18, December

Having had a problem with the data collection during the Leonids in November, I’m glad that my Geminid observations over the last two weeks seems to have been successful. As I mentioned in my entry on 3, November, I wanted to use the output from the Plotter rather than the scripted output of SpectrumLab.  The reasons for this are : The Plotter output can be set to record a minimum and maximum power reading every…

Observing Session: 25, August

  August is proving to be an awful month for observational astronomy.  While it seems clear, its been warm and very humid so transparency has been particularly bad. With the Moon up again, the light scatter,  renders most things except Open Clusters,  either invisible, or so poor that it’s not even worth recording. Becoming really discouraged  and I find myself wishing Winter was back. There maybe fewer clear nights, but at least it is less humid….