Instrument Views – Education

Take a look at science being conducted on the PARI campus . . .

Several of the instruments used by scientists at PARI regularly feed data to the website. Feel free to take a look. The instruments include:

  • Geomagnetometer
    The PARI geomagnetometer detects solar activity and how it affects the Earth’s magnetic field.
  • Seismometer
    The seismometer is used to detect earthquakes and is sensitive enough pick up tremors from around the world. It can even detect footsteps when you approach it, so walk softly.
  • Weather Stations
    Three weather stations on the PARI campus provide data to scientists. They are regularly used by scientists working remotely, who need to know current conditions at PARI before beginning observation sessions.
  • Lightning Detector
    The lightning detector displays lightning activity within a 200 mile radius from the PARI campus.
  • Plate Boundary Observatory
    The Plate Boundary Observatory is a highly sensitive GPS sensor that measures movement in the Earth’s tectonic plates. It is part of the National Science Foundation’s EARTHSCOPE project and was installed as part of the UNAVCO network. The installation at PARI was UNAVCO’s first east of the Rocky Mountains.
  • Solar Astronomy - Radio JOVE Antenna
    PARI operates a low frequency dipole antenna for studying the effects of Solar flares on the Earth’s ionosphere and the effects of the interaction of Jupiter and one of its moons, Io. The project is part of a worldwide effort called Radio Jove, managed by astronomers at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.