Mission Goals

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Mission Goals

  1. Improve our understanding of how the Sun generates space weather and its impact on the Earth.
  2. Contribute GAVRT data to the Extended Owens Valley Solar Array (EOVSA), Paker Solar Probe (PSP) Mission, or other relevant projects.
  3. Teach participants how to collect data on the Sun and understand space weather.
  4. Teach participants how to examine and report relevant data to scientists serving as mentors to produce high-level data products from a mission perspective.
Why Study the Sun?

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Why Study the Sun?

The Sun's radiation controls almost everything on Earth including:
  • Life
  • Weather
  • Climate
  • Seasons
Storms, flares, and coronal mass ejections (CME) can affect today's space and communications technologies.
Radio astronomy data, such as GAVRT maps, monitor the activites on the Sun and provide support to missions e.g. the Parker Solar Probe.
As the Sun is our nearest star, it provides a laboratory of us to study the evolution of stars and galaxies.
Students control a GAVRT antenna (top left) remotely to perform raster scans (top middle) and produce radio images of the Sun (top right) that cannot be seen with the naked eye. An example of GAVRT daily maps (lower left), at one of the frequencies produced on May 25th, 2021 during a Parker Solar Probe campaign perihelion pass. For comparison, examples of the high resolution radio map from EOVSA interferometer (lower middle) and the sunspot magnetogram (lower right) are shown. Citizen scientists have the opportunity to identify and analyze active regions for further studies with data from optical, UV, and X-ray observatories in space.