Radio Meteor Observations

The society also has links to members observatories near Lincoln. The 'Hykeham Observatory' runs a radio meteor set up 24/7. On this page is live information from that observatory. 

The images are the doppler frequency and amplitude vs time of the ionised trail left by a meteor in the upper atmosphere.There are two radios running. Both receive signals using the GRAVES transmitter in France. The -10 dB antenna plot for this system meets the height of the ionised area above Grantham. It fans out south passing over the coast of the UK above Bournemouth and east of Ipswich. The receiver picks up signals as far away as the Mediterranean Sea.

For live views from the vertical system please follow this link. Vertical System

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For more information on the observatory.
Email: thehykehamobservatory@virginmedia.com

This page updates once a minute.

This is the current "live" waterfall image. Frequency is across the top axis and time down the left hand side. S/N is a measure of the brightness of the object whilst Dur is a measure of the duration of the trail.

Some trails have been known to last over a minute.


Above is the brightest meteor recorded since midday (GMT). The image is reset each day.

Above is the longest duration meteor recorded since midday (GMT). The image is reset each day.

Above is the longest duration meteor recorded this month.

Above is the information on meteor counts during the current month. It is updated hourly.

Above are the charts for July scaled for 35 meteors an hour on the left and 50 meteors an hour on the right.

Above are the charts for June scaled for 35 meteors an hour on the left and 50 meteors an hour on the right.