Jodrell Bank and the Meteor Velocity Controversy

  • A.G. Gunn

Abstract

The initial impetus for the creation of the Jodrell Bank Experimental Station (now named Jodrell Bank Observatory) was the search for radar echoes from high-energy cosmic rays. But almost immediately, attention was directed toward echoes from meteor trails in the upper atmosphere. This paper details the meteor researches carried out at Jodrell Bank during its first five years of existence and pays particular attention to the meteor velocity controversy, which was eventually solved by radar observations.

Key words

History and philosophy of astronomy radar astronomy meteors meteoroids Jodrell Bank 

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© Springer 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • A.G. Gunn
    • 1
  1. 1.Jodrell Bank ObservatoryUniversity of ManchesterMacclesfield, CheshireUK

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