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Photo: NASA
Participation fee $0
Expenses $250
Spend the time outdoors
Location anywhere
Appropriate for kids yes
Teaching materials no


Required Gear:

One can participate in the Radio Jove project with just a computer, but there is much more to be learned if the participant builds the radio telescope. Pre-built radio receivers can be purchased as well.


Radio JOVE


NASA's Radio JOVE project enables students and amateur scientists to observe natural radio emissions from Jupiter, the Sun, and our galaxy. Participants learn about radio astronomy first-hand by building their own radio telescope from an inexpensive kit and/or using remote radio telescopes through the Internet. They also collaborate with each other through interactions and sharing of data on the network.

The Radio JOVE project began in 1998. Since then, more than 1,600 teams of students and interested individuals have purchased non-profit radio telescope kits and are learning radio astronomy by building and operating a radio telescope. This self-supporting, non-profit program continues to thrive and inspire new groups of students as well as individuals.




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