AAS 199th meeting, Washington, DC, January 2002
Session 22. Astronomy Education Resources
Display, Monday, January 7, 2002, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall

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[22.07] Radio Jove Observations of the Sun

M.L. West (Montclair State University)

A student-built dual-dipole in-phase radio antenna with Radio Jove receiver has been used to observe the sun for an hour at local noon on most days for three months. The antenna is on the roof of a classroom building which is radio noisy. The background is about 95,000 K, much above the galactic background of 50,000K. Nonetheless, many solar events have been detected at a radio frequency of 20.1 MHz.

Of the solar events reported by satellites and then tabulated daily by sec.noaa.gov/ftpdir/indices/events about 40 originating from many positions on the solar disk. Higher sunspot numbers produced slightly higher detection rates. Lightning storms are spectacular and can be detected by radio when they are still far away.

High school students as well as college students have been involved with this project and found it worthwhile. In the future we hope to find a quieter spot from which to observe.

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