Dr. Philip Erickson and Dr. Anthea Coster from MIT Haystack Observatory will be visiting with the Virginia Tech SuperDARN HF radar group and Space@VT from Monday, March 20 until Wednesday, March 22. Please contact Mike or Wayne if you would like to arrange a time to meet with Phil or Anthea.

On Monday Phil will present an IGEP seminar in Remote Sensing entitled

'Sensing Earth's Ionosphere with Really Large Radars: How and Why'
Monday, 12:20 - 1:10 pm
Fralin Auditorium

Click 'Read More' to view Phil's abstract for the seminar.

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

By: miker  on: Thu., Mar. 16, 2017 07:31 PM EDT  (244 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)

2017 Space Weather REDI Summer Bootcamp at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

By: miker  on: Thu., Mar. 09, 2017 10:42 AM EST  (60 Reads)
This summer (June 6-16), take advantage of a unique free opportunity to explore the burgeoning field of space weather by joining the Space Weather REDI summer Bootcamp. Bootcamp, to be held at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, includes two weeks of space weather tutorials led by the NASA GSFC scientists. The application deadline: April 20, 2017. For more information see the following websites:
http://bit.ly/swredi2017(external link)
https://ccmc.gsfc.nasa.gov/support/SWREDI/bootcamp/(external link)

A letter from a faculty member will be needed to complete the application. Contact Dr. Mike Ruohoniemi or any Space@VT faculty member for assistance.

Fort Hays Reflector Wire Repair Trip, Feb. 2017

By: ksterne  on: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017 01:38 PM EST  (130 Reads)
Hays, KS sustained a major freezing rain and icing event in mid-January 2017. Following reports from FHSU student intern, Brett Chrisler, of significant damage to the West main antenna array a trip was made by engineer Kevin Sterne to assess the damage at the radar site. As well, this trip would be allow for preparations to be made for a future repair trip.

JRO International Research Experience in Peru, Summer 2017

By: miker  on: Tue., Feb. 07, 2017 12:09 PM EST  (164 Reads)
The Jicamarca Radio Observatory (JRO) located near Lima, Peru is the venue for a summer school in 2017 that is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Senior undergraduate and beginning graduate students with interests in atmospheric and ionospheric science and radar techniques, electronics, RF, instrumentation and computer science may apply. If you would like to discuss this possibility with interested VT faculty, contact Dr. Mike Ruohoniemi at or any faculty member in the Space@VT research center listed at http://space.vt.edu/people.html.(external link) The application deadline is February 16, 2017 and the JIREP web site is http://jro.igp.gob.pe/jirep/(external link)

For more details click 'Read more'

Web site open for the 2017 SuperDARN Workshop in Tuscany, Italy, June 4-9, 2017

By: miker  on: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017 04:34 PM EST  (427 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
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