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Updated February 17, 2012
In order to get meaningful information from your meteor observations you need a way to record data. Audio recording may preserve the observation for playback but as yet this is not data. It must be converted to a usable format.
Various pieces of information about the meteor can be derived from the data.
We install a copy of Radio Sky Pipe on your school computer free of charge using an institutional license that belongs to your school. Students can also download a free copy for their own computers to look at files from Radio Sky, a supplier of amateur radio astronomy supplies.
We will set up your antenna, radio, and computer connections. To operate the Radio Sky Pipe (RSP) you need to do the following:
Sample of an observation taken the morning of April 29, 2001 with no meteor shower underway. Sporadic meteors only. Approximately 16 meteors detected. 94 MHz.
Sample observation of Lyrid meteor shower made the morning of April 22, 2001, also at 94 MHz. Approximately 55 meteors detected.