Rare Mercury Transit Event Captured Live

May 13, 2016

Image Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/SDO/Genna Duberstein
Image Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/SDO/Genna Duberstein

On May 9th 2016, ADNET scientists and education staff working with over 600 scientists from around the country, the Goddard communications office, and the Goddard Amateur Astronomy Club supported the rare Transit of Mercury. They provided telescope viewing, media interviews, and a social media campaign called “Small Worlds Week.” ADNET web developers successfully live streamed the full transit to the Sun Earth Days/Small Worlds Week website from the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope. They also coordinated with the JSOC data center at Stanford University to retrieve near-real time HD images and video from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) that complemented the ground-based observations. This composite image of Mercury’s journey across the sun was created with visible-light images from the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager on SDO.

Helioviewer 3.0 Released

March 30, 2016

Screenshot from Helioviewer 3.
SESDA developers released a new and completely redesigned version of the Solar and Heliospheric data exploration tool Helioviewer. Helioviewer is a web-based visualization tool based on the JPEG 2000 image compression format which facilitates serving large data volumes in highly compressed, quality-progressive, and region-of-interest based form. Providing rapid and efficient access to high spatial and time resolution data from multiple instruments and other data sources is critically important to supporting scientific discovery. The new tool features a versatile image timeline browse capability, direct connections to science data providers via the Virtual Solar Observatory, and enhanced integration with social media platforms including YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest.

SESDA Heliophysics Outreach Extends to Southeast Asia

March 21, 2016

STEM Technology Lead Troy Cline presents a tactile diagram of a solar eclipse to a blind Chief.
STEM Technology Lead Troy Cline jetted to Micronesia in March to support NASA and the Exploratorium in a webcast of the total solar eclipse. Using home-made props and disposable eclipse-glasses and filters, he helped instruct local children and adults on how to view the eclipse safely. A highlight of the event was a tactile diagram of the eclipse which he presented to a head Chief, who is blind. As the Chief felt the alignment, a great smile crossed his face. It was an incredible moment for the team.

SESDA Heliophysics Education Team visits the White House

October 22, 2015

SESDA 3 at White House Astronomy Night
The SESDA Heliophysics Education team participated in the 2nd White House Astronomy Night on 19 October 2015. The event brought together students, teachers, scientists, astronauts, and members of the public to spend an evening star gazing. Attendees learned about astronomical discoveries and participated in space-related educational activities to help promote the importance of STEM education and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers who will explore the stars. SESDA staff gave an invited demonstration of NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission Virtual Reality experience to organizers of the event and to senior Administration officials from the Office of Science and Technology and the Office of Management and Budget.