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2007

The following colorgramme shows the radio meteor counts for the month of May 2007. The horizontal axis shows the date and the vertical axis the local time (UT).

The Eta Aquarids are responsible for the peak of activity around the 6th May 2006.There were significant periods of Es in the counts from the 23rd onwards and I have removed these.

2006

The following colorgramme shows the radio meteor counts for the month of May 2006. The horizontal axis shows the date and the vertical axis the local time (UT).

The Eta Aquarids peaked, very much as predicted, on the 6th May 2006. There were many longer reflections around the time of this peak. The Eta Aquarids are associated with comet Halley. It is difficult to see Eta Aquarids, at my latitude, as the radiant only rises shortly before the Sun. However, activity is easily recorded by the radio technique. 

2005

The following colorgramme shows the radio meteor counts for the month of May 2005. The horizontal axis shows the date and the vertical axis the local time (UT).

The Eta Aquarid shower is very active during the first half of May. 

Sunspot 759 unleashed a strong M8-class solar flare on May 13th, which impacted the Earth's atmosphere between 06:00 and 08:00 UT 15th May, 2005. This possibly resulted in elevated counts for this period. The second half of the month has also been affected by sporadic high counts - possible due to thunder storms, or sporadic E. These high counts have been removed, leaving the blanks.

Detection is operating on 55.25MHz, using a three element Yagi, bearing 180 deg ETN and 10 degree elevation.