Orkney Meteor Radar
EAARO is currently developing the UK's first independently-operated Back Scatter Meteor Radar.
In 2014 David K. Scott (Former Scientific Director of the Cyclotron Laboratory and Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst) kindly donated some land from his childhood home on the northern most of the Orkney Islands off the coast of Scotland. The small island 4 miles long and 2 miles wide, with a population of 80 people and a handful of crofts makes this an ideal location to site an interforemeter based meteor radar. As well as providing more accurate data than our current observatory, it will be a pioneering first step to bring astrophysics to Orkney and provide more exciting opportunities to get people involved with our research.
Using a 5 element interferometer to determine position and strength, and two outlying stations to determine trajectory, EAARO's accurate measurements of reflected radiation will provide valuable data to the scientific community about the behaviour of meteors entering the atmosphere above the UK.
In 2016 the team established a simple receiving station on the island, and undertook a maintenance visit in 2019. Plans are now being drawn up for the next phase of the project. Stay tuned for more news!
EAARO-CIBO - UK’s first SETI Facility
Inspired by Frank Drakes pioneering attempts to search for ET and the work of the world famous Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rica EAARO are exploring some of the novel ideas of cosmologist and EAARO patron Paul Davies to seek signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence.
Davies has argued that the search should look and listen for the technosignatures of astroengineering, interplanetary mining and spacecraft propulsion systems that might be expected in advanced civilisations. Another of Davies' ideas is that signals from an extra-terrestrial civilisation are likely to be broadcast as a beacon sweeping cyclically like a lighthouse rather than be directed specifically towards the Earth. He recently told Nature "I think SETI needs to revise its strategy and point its telescope towards the centre of the Galaxy for many years to maximize the chance of picking up such a transient signal."
EAARO will be pursuing Davies' approach in developing its project and are currently in the design stage of their 30M Radio Telescope based on the former Ohio State University ‘Big Ear’ telescope built by Dr John Kraus and his team which detected the legendary Wow Signal back in 1977.
Unlike most radio observatories EAARO will search for extra-terrestrial signals 24/7 hoping to become the first to find signs of extraterrestrial intelligence in our universe.
EAARO is delighted to have been involved in Zac Manchester's recent KickSat satellite mission.
Our goal was to detect and decode the radio signals transmitted by the Sprites using bespoke ground station facilities at our radio observatory site in Hertfordshire, UK.
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