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NASA - Radio Jove project

During Solar maximum, the sun's activity is greatest which means that during daytime, the Earth's ionosphere is heavily ionized. Due to this, the Jovian signals (radiations emitted by Jupiter) are unable to enter the Earth's atmosphere from sunrise to sunset. This opaqueness of the ionosphere towards the Jovian signals also causes reflection of sub-lunar radio signals.

On the other hand, during solar minimum, the ionosphere is transparent for Jovian signals during daytime. When Jupiter and the sun are close together in the sky, strong Jovian signals will be allowed through the transparent ionosphere. But when Jupiter is at a maximum distance from the Earth, the signals will be weaker.

Radio JOVE is a NASA funded citizen science project in which observers from all around the world are persuaded to listen when Jupiter appears close to the sun, which allows us to observe how Jovian signals are affected as they travel through the solar corona. During solar minimum, observers are advised to listen during daytime as well as nighttime hours. During solar maximum, the daytime listening conditions will worsen and the best Jovian observing times will be the nighttime hours, when Jupiter will be far from the sun.

To make the observing a bit easier, we refer to a "Jupiter observing season". At solar maximum, the Jupiter and the sun are far apart in the sky which means that the season is only several months long. At solar minimum, the season can last almost an entire year as reception is possible only when Jupiter and the sun are close together in the sky.

This entire process for making observations and listening to signals is monotonous and time consuming for a single researcher, so NASA has asked citizen scientists around the world to help us observe and analyze the data. This project is a great opportunity for students as well as citizens to enhance their knowledge and help Amateur scientists to make this project successful.

ARCCS - VU2GIN is sponsoring Amateur Radio enthusiast and Amateur Scientist Miss Ramsha Tuba for the NASA's Radio Jove Project by funding and setting up the Radio Jove observatory at the ARCCS premises.