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Coronal Mass Ejection

Calling all space enthusiasts: you can help physicists & astronomers by tracking storms on the Sun! Using data from the cameras aboard the two STEREO spacecraft orbiting the sun, movies have been placed on the galaxyzoo forum to bring in support from amateur astronomers. The identification tool is currently in the beta version and can be found here.

A movie narrated by Chris Davis from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) to demonstrate the kind of phenomena amateur astronomers will be asked to identify is here, on YouTube.

Those of you in the UK may be interested to know that this project, which is led by the team at RAL, has the support of the Greenwich Observatory who have set up a solar storm season to mark the start of this project. An exhibition opens Saturday, 6th February. Details can be found here.

(Apologies for the postspam to friends who are subbed to the Dreamwidth astronomy & science communities!)
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[User Picture]From: slutbunwalla
2010-02-05 17:23 (UTC)
ooh! I'll see what I can help with;.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-02-08 21:28 (UTC)
Awesome. *thumbsup*
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2010-02-05 19:02 (UTC)
Thank you for the spaceporn.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-02-08 21:28 (UTC)
Heh. Coronal mass ejection. Heheheheh.

Edited at 2010-02-08 09:29 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: petitemorte
2010-02-06 05:23 (UTC)
The solar story exhibition looks amazing. Wow...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-02-08 21:29 (UTC)
Yeah, I think that needs to be a field trip for our lab. :-)
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2010-02-08 16:20 (UTC)
I should probably do that just because I know a bit about it! But I'll have to work up the motivation, never mind the find the time...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-02-08 21:32 (UTC)
I must admit, this looks a bit more daunting that checking images from Hubble for the layperson. At least with galaxies you can pretty quickly tell whether or not there's any visible detail and skip past the ones that are just blurry oblongs. Solar storm identification is rather more complex.
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