Chabot College Astronomy

Solar Dynamics Observatory Data Astronomy Lab

Scott Hildreth - Spring 2014


The SDO Investigation Lab

Word Version (Draft 3, as of Summer 2013)

PDF (Draft 4, Spring 2014)

Using Solar Dynamics Observatory Data to do REAL science - A Community College Astronomy Lab Activity -
(Powerpoint Presentation for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific Cosmos in the Classroom, July 2013

Final Project Report (October 2013)

Resources and Software Links used in the lab:

http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/ - The Solar Dynamics Observatory Website

http://www.lmsal.com/hek/ - Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory (LMSAL) Heliophysics Events Knowledgebase (HEK).

http://www.lmsal.com/isolsearch -  online tool to search HEK

www.helioviewer.org - Helioviewer online data browsing and movie export site (ESA/NASA funded site and tool)

http://jhelioviewer.org/  - jhelioviewer software (downloadable)

http://www.lmsal.com/get_aia_data/ - LMSAL Cutout Service Retrieve cutouts of AIA and HMI data, rather than full disk images.

http://jsoc.stanford.edu/ajax/lookdata.html - JSOC "Lookdata" (Advanced Web-based search)

Video Clips used in the current version of the Lab:

Pre-lab/Intro Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqKFQ7z0Nuk - Journey into the Sun KQED QUEST program

Background Video #1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_MKL_fjDLo&feature=youtu.be - Solar Dynamics Observatory - Year One

Background Video #2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVDsQkuRt-c&feature=youtu.be - Active Region example from 2011

Background Video #3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oInoNnPsxcA&feature=youtu.be - One complete Solar Rotation of Sunspots

Background Video #4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nnwqkm6rL4M&feature=youtu.be - Large Sunspot AR1339 Novermber 2011

Background Video #5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MWL_gQVWQk&feature=youtu.be - NASA SDO X1-class Flare July 2012

Background Video #6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQ3MuftUbMc&feature=youtu.be - NASA Fermi & SDO - Fermi Detects the Highest-Energy Light from a Solar Flare

Also of use:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SDO_AIA_temperatures - Wikipedia page about SDO AIA instrument wavelength regions correlated with temperatures


Images of Chabot Students engaged in SDO labs

 

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Chabot Students working on SDO lab
Chabot Students working on SDO lab
Chabot Students working on SDO lab

Chabot Students working on SDO lab

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http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/aiahmi/latest.php?t=aia_0094&r=1024



Scott Hildreth - Chabot College

Last updated: 10/5/13

shildreth@chabotcollege.edu