Observations of a variable radio source associated with the planet Jupiter


  • B. F. Burke,

  • K. L. Franklin


A source of variable 22.2-Mc/sec radiation has been detected with the large “Mills Cross” antenna of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. The source is present on nine records out of a possible 31 obtained during the first quarter of 1955. The appearance of the records of this source resembles that of terrestrial interference, but it lasts no longer than the time necessary for a celestial object to pass through the antenna pattern. The derived position in the sky corresponds to the position of Jupiter and exhibits the geocentric motion of Jupiter. There is no evident correlation between the times of appearance of this phenomenon and the rotational period of the planet Jupiter, or with the occurrence of solar activity. There is evidence that most of the radio energy is concentrated at frequencies lower than 38 Mc/sec.