RSGB 2019 Convention lecture – Solar Dynamics Observatory, the Sun and the Ionosphere
Dean Pesnell – Project Scientist at the Solar Dynamics Observatory (presentation given via Skype)
Dean says that DX’ing is more fun when the Sun has sunspots. So amateur radio operators closely monitor what the Sun is doing. He uses the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) to study the Sun. He will describe two areas where SDO science is directly related to radio communications. 1) SDO measurements of the light that creates the ionosphere. 2) How the sunspot number will change over the next 5-10 years. Listen to Dean’s presentation to find out how studying the Sun helps us understand the Earth and amateur radio.