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TV: The Sky at Night 2007

Andy Smith and David Entwistle appeared on the BBC’s “The Sky at Night” meteor special “Meteor Mania” on BBC 4 TV in the UK on November 25th, 2007. If you missed it, it can be downloaded in Windows Media format from here:

meteormania.wmv (Dur 29m29s, 192MB)

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Link: BBC The Sky at Night

Books
I contributed meteor data in the form of monthly Colorgrammes for the year 2008 to the book “The Radio Sky and How to Observe It” (Astonomers’ Observing Guides) by Jeff Lashley
Published by Springer 2010
ISBN -10: 144190882X
ISBN-13: 978-1441908827

Description: Radio astronomy is far from being beyond the scope of amateurs astronomers, and this practical, self-contained guide for the newcomer to practical radio astronomey is an ideal introduction. This guide is a must for anyone who wants to join the growing ranks of 21st Century backyard radio astronomers.

The first part of the book provides background material and explains (in a non-mathematical way) our present knowledge of the stronger radio sources – those observable by amateurs – including the Sun, Jupiter, Meteors, Galactic and extra-galactic sources.

The second part of the book deals not only with observing, but – assuming no prior technical knowledge of electronics or radio theory – takes the reader step-by-step through the process of building and using a backyard radio telescope.

There are complete, detailed plans and construction information for a number of amateur radio telescopes, the simplest of which can be put together and working – using only simple tools – in a weekend. For other instruments, there are full details of circuit-board layouts, components to use and (vitally important in radio astronomy) how to construct antennae for radio astronomy.

Available on Amazon and other outlets.

Art: Antony Gormley’s “One and Other” 2009

“The Sky at Night” co-presenter and co-author of “Bang! The Complete History of the Universe”, Chris Lintott, FRAS, held a live radio-meteor/astronomy demonstration on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square for one hour, as part of artist Antony Gormley’s “One & Other” project on August 14th 2009.

I provided some recordings of radio meteors to Chris for this project. I feel honoured to have been asked by Chris to provide the support, and thank him for the publicity it he has given to this brand of radio astronomy.

Chris Lintot on Twitter: @chrislintott

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