Tagged: jupiter

Receiving Jupiter Noise Bursts with an SDRplay RSP1

Over on YouTube user MaskitolSAE has uploaded a video showing him receiving some noise bursts from Jupiter with his SDRplay RSP1. The planet Jupiter is known to emit bursts of noise via natural ‘radio lasers’ powered partly by the planets interaction with the electrically conductive gases emitted by Io, one of the the planets moons. When Jupiter is high in the sky and the Earth passes through one of these radio lasers the noise bursts can be received on Earth quite easily with an appropriate antenna 

In his video MaskitolSAE shows the 10 MHz of waterfall and audio from some Jupiter noise bursts received with his SDRplay RSP1 at 22119 kHz. According to the YouTube description, it appears that he is using the UTR-2 radio telescope which is a large Ukrainian radio telescope installation that consists of an array of 2040 dipoles. A professional radio telescope installation is not required to receive the Jupiter bursts (a backyard dipole tuned to ~20 MHz will work), but the professional radio telescope does get some really nice strong bursts as seen in the video.

Jupiter 2017.02.04 RSP 1 UTR-2
The UTR-2 Radio Telescope. Photo Attr. Oleksii Tovpyha (Link)

Radio Astronomy with an RTL-SDR, Raspberry PI and Amazon AWS IoT

Recently amateur radio astronomer Mario Cannistrà wrote in and showed us a link to his project. Mario has been doing some interesting experiments with an RTL-SDR that involve receiving emissions originating from the Sun, the planet Jupiter, and one of its moons Io.

Jupiter and its satellites like Io sometimes interact to create “radio storms” which can be heard from earth at frequencies between 3 to 30 MHz. The radio storms can be predicted and Mario uses the Windows software Radio Jupiter Pro to do this. This helps to predict when are the best times to listen for emissions. On his Raspberry Pi Mario has also written a python script that can do the predictions too. 

To make the radio emissions measurements, Mario uses an RTL-SDR dongle and upconverter together with rtl_power to gather FFT frequency power results and waterfall plots. To measure the emissions Mario writes that he keeps the frequency scan running for at least several hours a night with a Raspberry Pi as the receiving computer. For his antenna the low Jupiter frequencies necessitate a large 7 meter dipole tuned for receiving at 20.1 MHz.

For the Internet of Things side of the project, Mario envisions that several amateur radio astronomers around the world could run a similar setup, with all sharing the data to an Amazon AWS data storage server. Mario has already written software that will do the scan and automatically upload the results to the server. To participate you just need to write to him to receive the AWS IoT authentication certificate files.

Some example Jupiter spectographs stored on the AWS server can be found at http://jupiter-spectrograms.s3-website.eu-central-1.amazonaws.com/?prefix=Jupiter/20160130/.

Mario's setup including RTL-SDR dongle, upconverter and Raspberry Pi.
Mario’s setup including RTL-SDR dongle, upconverter and Raspberry Pi.
Overall design of the receiver and IoT side.
Overall design of the receiver and IoT side.

Capturing Noise Bursts from Jupiter with an RTL-SDR

Recently amateur radio astronomer Jim Brown used an RTL-SDR dongle together with a Ham-it-up upconverter and preamp to capture noise bursts from the planet Jupiter. Not much information about his observations are available yet as he has not yet made a write up, but he has given the image of the noise burst shown below to Jim Sky, programmer of RTL Bridge and Radio-Sky Spectograph which is some of the software used to capture the noise bursts. We will make another post in the future if Jim Brown does a write up.

Jim Sky has also updated his RTL Bridge software to use Oliver Jowetts patched drivers, which allow the RTL-SDR to receive below its usual 24 MHz limit.

Noise burst from Jupiter captured with an RTL-SDR
Noise burst from Jupiter captured with an RTL-SDR