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Updated March 14, 2011
Canadians have made a number of significant contributions to the field of radio astronomy.
Forward Scatter Meteor detection:
During the mid-1970's, the advent of the personal computer made it possible for amateurs to establish forward-scatter data collection systems for infalls of meteors into the Earth's atmosphere. The American Meteor Society established the Radio Scatter Program in 1977. It created a network of receiving stations to automatically collect data 24 hours per day. In 1984 Kenneth Pilon, a Canadian amateur, conducted ground breaking experiments using a TRS-80 personal computer to detect and make graphic printouts of meteor events. (Source: http://www.amsmeteors.org/radmet.html)
In 1946, Canadian scientists led by Arthur Covington began a solar observing program that has since run continuously and has provided a daily baseline of solar flux emission measurements since then.
At the Ottawa Radio Field Station on November 23, 1946, this program established the temperature of the Sun's corona over sunspots at 1.5 million degrees Kelvin.
Canada's solar observatory operated at the Algonquin Radio Observatory until 1991 when it was moved to the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory in Penticton.
See more information about Canada's radio astronomy observatory at Penticton.
Very Long Baseline Interferometer
Canadian Radio Telescopes
Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory
Algonquin Radio Observatory
Canadian Amateur Radio Astronomers
More information to follow.