The AAVSO SID Program consists of solar observers who monitor very low frequency (VLF) radio stations for sudden enhancements of their signals. Earth's ionosphere reacts to the intense X-ray and ultraviolet radiation released during a solar flare. The ionospheric disturbance enhances VLF radio propagation. By monitoring the signal strength of a distant VLF transmitter, sudden ionospheric disturbances (SIDs) are recorded and indicate a recent solar flare event.
SunEntry is a data entry program for solar observers. It will help you to create reports and send them to our database where they will be used in the AAVSO American Relative Sunspot Program. The information you submit will also be used in the monthly Solar Bulletin.
Before you can use SunEntry, you must have an AAVSO website account and an AAVSO Observer code if you don't already have both. Here are instructions on how to get them:
Solar observer Ernest Richardson was recently given the AAVSO Solar Award, which was covered in a story by the Thorne and District Gazette newspaper titled "Swinton starman receives top award ". Read the article here.
The term "sunspot" appears in the news, often in connection with stories on aurorae, electrical outages, and problems with orbiting satellites. But often these stories don't really explain what sunspots are and why they're of interest to us on Earth. So what are sunspots?
VERY LOW FREQUENCY (VLF) RADIO STATIONS
Station Station Frequency Radiated
Site ID (kHz) Power
Cutler, ME NAA 24.0 1000
Jim Creek, WA NLK 24.8 250
Lualualei, HI NPM 21.4 566
LaMoure, ND NML 25.2 500