Story: Astronomy – overview

Radar at Birdlings Flat, Canterbury

Radar at Birdlings Flat, Canterbury

This photo shows part of the University of Canterbury's radar system for detecting meteor dust trails. By looking at the orbit and speed of incoming dust particles, astronomers can determine whether the dust has originated from our solar system or has come from further out in space.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Astronomy – overview - Education', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 February 2020)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006