The front of a Sudden Ionospheric Disturbance (SID) monitor, which can detect sudden changes in Earth's ionosphere caused by solar flares and similar solar activity.
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Projects - for Science Fairs & Beyond
Interested in doing a project related to space weather for a science fair? The Stanford SOLAR Center provides information about space weather monitors that you can build yourself, including the Sudden Ionospheric Disturbance Monitor (SID). SID monitors detect sudden changes in the ionosphere (a region of Earth's atmosphere) that are often generated by solar flares and similar solar activity.
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