Great American Eclipse to cross the U.S. from coast to coast on August 21, 2017

By: miker  on: Sun., June 25, 2017 07:31 PM EDT  (760 Reads)
A total solar eclipse will take place in 2017 on Monday, August 21. The path of totality will cross the continental U.S. from west to east as indicated in the map in about 90 minutes. All of the continental U.S. will experience at least a partial eclipse. Totality will last a maximum of 2 min 40 sec at any one place. The effects in the ionosphere will be observed by the SuperDARN radars located at Christmas Valley (Oregon) and Hays (Kansas) running special modes. This effort is part of a comprehensive project funded by the NSF CEDAR program to study the eclipse that is being lead by Prof. Greg Earle (Virginia Tech).
A set of maps showing the path of totality state-by-state can be found at
http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/maps.htm(external link)

The Royal Astronomical Society has bestowed the 2017 Group Achievement Award in geophysics, solar physics, and solar-terrestrial physics on the international SuperDARN collaboration. Announcement of the award was made at the Ordinary Meeting of the Society held on January 13, 2017. The award will be presented at the Society's National Astronomy meeting in Hull in July to Prof. Mark Lester, Chair of the SuperDARN PI Committee. The on-line announcement of the 2017 RAS awards, medals, and prizes is found at https://www.ras.org.uk/awards-and-grants/awards/2943-winners-of-the-2017-awards-medals-and-prizes-full-details(external link)
Click on 'Read More' to view the citation, which is also included as a permanent item in the list of SD documents.

Congratulations are due to all SuperDARN contributors through the years, from the early founders to the current postdocs and students.

The 2017 SuperDARN Workshop to be held in Tuscany, Italy, June 4-9, 2017

By: miker  on: Tue., May 16, 2017 05:34 PM EDT  (1232 Reads)
Dr. Federica Marcucci has announced that the web site is open for the 2017 SuperDARN Workshop which will be held at Palazzo Chigi Zondadari in San Quirico D'Orcia (SI) - Italy, June 4-9, 2017. The meeting will be hosted by the the Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology (IAPS) of the National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF). The link is http://www.iaps.inaf.it/sz/SD2017/(external link)

Abstract deadline: April 14, 2017
Early Registration deadline: April 28, 2017
Note: On the registration form in the field for 'Vat Number' non-EU members enter 'N/A'

Photo: A panorama of the walled town of San Quirico D'Orcia
On the occasion of Earth Day 2017 and the March for Science, a collection of Commentaries has been published on-line in the journals of the American Geophysical Union in recognition of the benefits of research in the Earth and space sciences for humanity. SuperDARN founder Ray Greenwald has contributed an article to Radio Science entitled 'The Importance of International Collaboration in Space Research'. Ray's article can be accessed at
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017RS006329/full(external link)
A related article by Bill Lotko (Dartmouth College) entitled 'The Unifying Principle of Coordinated Measurements in Geospace Science' appears in Space Weather Quarterly at
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017SW001634/epdf(external link)
The link to the home page for the collection is
http://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/hub/issue/10.1002/(ISSN)2333-5084.SCISOC1/(external link)

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SuperDARN 'Flags' map has been updated

By: miker  on: Fri., Apr. 07, 2017 11:06 AM EDT  (611 Reads)
The popular 'Flags' map showing the national affiliations of the SuperDARN radar sites has been updated to include Buckland Park (Australia), Hokkaido West (Japan), and Longyearbyen (Norway). The national funding agencies of ten countries now contribute to the operation of the SuperDARN collaboration.

Access the Flags map, fields of view map, and other resources via the 'Maps/Tables/Links' menu item or click http://vt.superdarn.org/tiki-index.php?page=Radar+Overview(external link)

Image credit: Muhammad Rafiq (VT)
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ERG (ARASE) satellite in full operation since March 24

By: miker  on: Thu., Mar. 30, 2017 05:14 PM EDT  (976 Reads)
Yoshi Miyoshi (ERG Project Scientist) and Iku Shinohara (ERG Project Manager) report that the ERG (Arase) satellite has now been in full operation since March 24. The press release has been out on March 29 at http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/topics/000920.html(external link)

The Exploration of energization and Radiation in Geospace (ERG) satellite mission was launched on December 20, 2016 with an Epsilon rocket from the Uchinoura Space Center on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. The aim of the mission is to study Earth's radiation belts. Coordinated operations are planned with the SuperDARN radars. Shortly after launch the satellite was officially nicknamed "ARASE", which is a Japanese word for a river raging with rough water and also the name of a river close to the Uchinoura Space Center.

Photo credit: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
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