Radar Studies of the Orbits of Small Meteoroids

Baggaley, W.J and Bennett, R.G.T and Steel, D.I and Taylor, A.D. (1994) Radar Studies of the Orbits of Small Meteoroids. Proceedings Astronomical Society of Australia, 11 (2). pp. 151-156. ISSN 0066-9997. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

A description is given of a radar facility operating in New Zealand which measures the atmospheric trajectories and hence heliocentric orbits of earth-impacting meteoroids having radiants with declinations +5-degrees < delta < -30-degrees down to a limiting radar meteor magnitude of +13 (corresponding to particle sizes of approximately 100 mum, masses approximately 10(-6) g). The data handling capacity of the facility permits recording, orbit reduction and efficient presentation of orbital data using graphical packages to be carried out on a routine basis. The daily yield is approximately 1500 individual orbits with >3 x 10(5) secured to date; this is greater than the number determined in all previous meteoroid orbit surveys combined and forms a major southern hemisphere database for dynamical studies of the solar system meteoroid population.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Physical Sciences > Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences
Depositing User: P. Ogbuji
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2009 11:57
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2014 10:01
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/20368 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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