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Updated March 14, 2011

Sky Scan provides participating schools with a small software program that performs the task of recording audio "hits" that indicate a meteor has blazed an ionization trail in the sky.

Called Radio Sky Pipe, this program was developed by a dedicated amateur radio astronomer named Jim Sky. He developed the program over several years of working with school groups across the United States and around the world. Jim has made a number of modifications to Radio Sky Pipe in consultation with Sky Scan to make it more useful to participating schools.

A free version of the program can be downloaded by following this link. The program can be downloaded free and installed on your school or home computer. Once you have signed up to become a Sky Scan school, we will give you a software key (paid for by Sky Scan) that will transform your free version of Radio Sky Pipe to the licensed Pro Version. It has many helpful features. 

Jim has other useful information and resources on radio astronomy that can be viewed at his website at

Connect the jack from your FM car radio to the "Line In" jack on the sound card of your computer. Radio Sky Pipe (RSP) takes the input from the radio and converts it into a data file that records and graphically displays the results of your meteor observations on the computer monitor.

See how to operate the radio.

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We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the 

Edmonton Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Department of Physics (University of Alberta)

and the

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

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