Radio JOVE

Jupiter, the Sun, the Earth’s Ionosphere, and the Milky Way galaxy all produce radio signals that you can detect from your backyard. Radio JOVE helps students and amateurs build their own radio telescopes and tune in to these signals. Participants may assemble and operate their own 16-24 MHz radio spectrographs and collect data for multiple science projects.

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14 and up (knowledge of high school science required)




Online or at home/school with radio telescopes



What you’ll do

  • Learn about radio astronomy and build your own radio telescope.
  • Tune in to signals from our Solar System and beyond.
  • Contribute data to projects related to solar eclipses, lightning, the galactic radio background, and more.
  • Generate and exchange data and ideas with other participants.


  • Time: Minutes to connect to online radio telescopes, hours to assemble your radio telescope.
  • Equipment
    • A Windows computer with internet to connect to other radio telescopes. 
    • A radio telescope kit and antenna parts ($300-$500 total).  
    • A field located away from cities where you can set up an antenna.
  • Knowledge: High school science. Self-guided training modules are available.

Get started!

Larry Dodd, K4LED, shares a 24/7 livestream view of the output from his radio observatory in Georgia, USA. This clip highlights a solar radio storm he observed on June 21st, 2023, associated with powerful X-class and M-class X-ray flares.
Image credit/creator: Larry Dodd, K4LED

Learn More

Read the Radio JOVE Bulletin, a regular newsletter of radio telescope news, alerts, and resources. 

Four images show the Radio JOVE telescope kit. In the upper left is a picture of a field with four poles holding up two antenna wires with black wires coming from each antenna. In the upper right is a black box representing the SDRPlay RSP1A radio receiver. The lower right shows a computer running software showing a color display. Arrows point from the antenna to the receiver to the computer. In the lower left an arrow from the computer points to an enlarged software display of a frequency-time graph showing bright vertical, red-colored bands over a blue-green background. The words Solar Radio Bursts are next to the vertical red bands.
The Radio JOVE spectrograph radio telescope kit: a radio antenna, radio receiver, and a computer with recording software. The October 28, 2021, spectrograph display shows many solar radio bursts.
Image credit/creator: Chuck Higgins / Radio JOVE

Get to know the people of Radio Jove! 

Portrait photo of a man standing in an office with his arms crossed.

Chuck Higgins

Professor/ Radio JOVE Management Team

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Thomas Ashcraft

Citizen Scientist / Scientific Instrument Maker / Observer

Photo of 9 men standing in a field and posing for the camera
The Radio JOVE Team - Radio JOVE is based at Middle Tennessee State University, and has collaborators around the world.