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The Lebanese National Network - SciLeb team, is collaborating with the Stanford University Solar Center and the David Alexander Solar Research Group at Rice University to deploy multiple Sudden Ionospheric Disturbance (SID) monitors in Lebanese high schools.

Once the instruments are deployed and calibrated, SciLeb team members will hold multiple training sessions for the affiliated highschool teachers in order to successfully implement the SID monitor designed program.

Overview:
What is a SID Antenna Assembly?
What is a Solar Flare?
Why is it Important to Study Solar Flares? How Can They Affect Earth?


What is a SID Antenna Assembly?                  SID

The SID antenna assembly comprises the SID monitor, the antenna, and a computing device connected to the internet. The SID monitor is a VLF transmission receiver, offered by Stanford University through the Rice U David Alexander solar group. The antenna is manufactured locally in Lebanon, and tested to comply with the monitor design requirements. Then system logs its readings to a computing device.


What is a Solar Flare?                                  Picture for the sun

A solar flare occurs when magnetic energy that has built up in the solar atmosphere is suddenly released. Radiation is virtually emitted across the entire electromagnetic spectrum, from radio waves, through optical emission to x-rays and high energy gamma rays. The amount of energy released is the equivalent of millions of 100-megaton hydrogen bombs exploding at the same time!


Why is it Important to Study Solar Flares? How Can They Affect Earth?

The Sun affects the Earth through two mechanisms.

The first mechanism is energy transfer: whenever a solar flare erupts, among the things it mostly emits are X-ray and Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) energy.

The second mechanism is particle emission: following most flares, the sun emits plasma in the form of a magnetic cloud that sometimes travels towards the Earth.

Both energy and matter emissions from the Sun can seriously affect the Earth through altering communications and electrical power systems on ground and satellite stations, and disrupting the terrestrial magnetic field configuration sometimes causing auroraes.

 

 
 

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