Wednesday, January 20, 2016

January Maneuvers

Last Wednesday SDO did the HMI/AIA roll maneuver, where the satellite spins around to help the scientists better understand the instruments. Here's an example of an image during the roll at 1523 UTC. With the south pole on the left, the filaments look a little like a cat or harlequin!

This afternoon SDO will do the EVE cruciform, moving in a plus sign figure to measure how light reflects inside the instrument. From 1800-2300 UTC (1:00-6:00 pm ET) the Sun will appear to move around and be blurry. Enjoy!