SPWG FINAL MINUTES Friday 24 March 2006 1. Boundary conditions - SOHO is right side up until the next manoeuvre which is tentatively scheduled for June 6. - Graphical DSN schedule: http://soho.nascom.nasa.gov/soc/dsn/ - All available keyhole information is at http://soho.nascom.nasa.gov/soc/keyholes.html - SOCs have received indications of Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) events caused by MSG-1 and 2 on Mar 21-Apr 6. Durations of the order of 5 min maximum. At this point the outlook is that SOHO will not record during the RFIs due to the MDI Continuous Contact observations. - Except for Major Flare Watches, TRACE will be doing full disk mosaics if/when EIT is not able to do synoptic sets due to keyhole operations. - KNOWN submode dependent activities/submode changes: * TOO JOP153/MMOP003 Future Major Flare Watch (SM5 if SUMER observes target, SM6 otherwise) * TOO JOP175 Extended Filaments at the Limb (see sect. 2a), SM6 * Mar 17-30 JOP175 Extended Filaments at the Limb (see sect. 2a), SM6 ** * Mar 23-Apr 4 SUMER mini-campaign, SM5 * Mar 29 Solar Eclipse, 08:34-11:48 UT, SM5 * Mar 31/Apr 4 Submode change to Submode 6 * Apr 12,19 EIT Shutterless #23, 18:00-20:40 UT, SM6 * May 27-Jun 14 26m Keyhole (May 31-Jun 11 34m Keyhole), SM5/6 * Jul 26,Aug 2 EIT Shutterless #24, SM6, TBC * Aug 21-Sep 19 26m Keyhole (Aug 28-Sep 13 34m Keyhole), SM5/6 * Oct 18,25 EIT Shutterless #25, SM6, TBC * Nov 1-Dec 15 SUMER Campaign, SM5, TBC * Nov 8 Transit of Mercury, SM5/6 * Nov 24-Dec 11 26m Keyhole (Nov 27-Dec 08 34m Keyhole), SM5/6 Some of the default SUMER campaign dates overlap with keyholes - which is not a problem in itself (submode 5 will often be needed for keyholes anyhow) as long as potential periods of no SUMER data between passes can be accepted. SUMER will make a raster in the EIT FOV during the EIT shutterless #23, segment 1 (April 12). Program will be loaded during the mini-campaign and started either by time-tag or manually (need Chris to press the button), to be decided later. SUMER contact: Maria Madjarska. SOC needs to know whether the Mercury transit observations are submode dependent. According to EIT the observations can be carried out in either submode 5 or 6. FDF has been contacted soon to get the observational geometry. - EIT Bakeout/Other 2. Priorities for the coming month and more a) Joint observing plans and campaigns Continuing campaigns: * 2002/02/25-- JOP136 Default RHESSI Collaborations (#6850), POC: Tero Siili * 2002/04/25-- JOP159 CMEs in Lyman-alpha (#6870), SWAN/LASCO/EIT/UVCS, POC: Chris St Cyr, Eric Quemerais * 2003/05/13-- Default CDS Co-observations with TRACE (#6950) * 2003/07/01-- Network-Internetwork Oscillations (#7033), EIT/TRACE, POC: Scott McIntosh * 2004/02/19-- JOP175 Extended Filaments at the Limb (#7135), EIT/TRACE/LASCO/UVCS, POC: Chris St Cyr (Chris.StCyr@nasa.gov) * 2005/09/20-- JOP153/MMOP003 Future Major Flare Watch (#8006) Campaign #6850 is for "individual instrument studies" selecting an AR target [partially] influenced by the Max Millennium target selection to maximise chances of serendipitous co-observations. EIT supports all with half/full-res 195 Å CME watch in submode 5/6, except JOP175 getting half/full-res 304 Å CME watch in submode 5/6, and Network-Internetwork Oscillations which is TBD by Scott McIntosh. As long as the S/C is in submode 6, all EIT CME watch will be in full res. Major Flare Watches will be in full-res even if it requires a submode change, unless the target is observed by SUMER. JOP175 is listed as a top-priority TOO for March 17-26. The question of whether or not to continue campaign #7033 (Network- Internetwork Oscillations) has been brought up, and the issue of how to list a possible "final, long run" has been raised. If that run will involve a significant change to the existing campaign, e.g. by including Solar-B instruments, it should be a separate item (and the current campaign can be closed). If not, the campaign can be continued until the final run has been done, to keep things simple by using the existing campaign number. * Mar 19-30 JOP175 (#7135), Priority TOO, EIT/LASCO/TRACE/UVCS * Mar 22-May 21 MDI 60-day Continuous Contact Full disk Magnetograms/Dopplergrams. New Norcia will cover a few of the gaps. For details, see the graphical DSN schedule. * Mar 23-Apr 4 SUMER mini-campaign See also section 1 for details: - detector health check - plume observations - JOP002 - AR loops (off limb) Dietmar Germerott will come to Goddard to conduct observations. * Mar 24-26 Internetwork field/transition region (#7174), 09:00-11:00 UT, SUMER/MDI/DOT, POC: Luca Teriaca. MDI can support only with Full Disk Magnetogram data due to a 60-day Continuous Contact/Helioseismology period. * Mar 29 Solar Eclipse (#7175), 08:34-11:48 UT, SUMER/UVCS/TRACE/CDS/EIT/GBOs, POC: Tero Siili, http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/soc/eclipse-2006-03-29 Information on eclipse-related support observations has been compiled and the relevant material is on a web page at URL http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/soc/eclipse-2006-03-29/ and on pages linked therefrom. * Apr 11-26 JOP185 Solar fibrils: spectroscopy and tomography, 07:00 UT - TBC UT, [EIT/MDI/TRACE](TBC)/CDS/DOT/SST, POC: Jan Rybak Detailed JOP description is under preparation. Initial JOP outline has been sent to the abovementioned SOHO/TRACE teams. Due to the 60-day Continuous Contact MDI can only support with 1-min cadence full disk Magnetograms and Dopplergrams with 96-min synoptic Magnetograms and Continuum images. Bernhard Fleck acts as the deputy JOP leader for the final planning and initial days of the first run. * Apr 12 Sounding Rocket Launch, 18:10 UT - 18:20 UT, EUNIS/EIT/CDS/MDI/TRACE, POC: Jeff Brosius & Roger Thomas DSN D16 has been reserved to support the launch. There will be no contingency shutterless on 11 Apr. EIT Shutterless #23 has been shifted to begin at 18:40 UT to allow for the EUNIS launch, supporting SOHO and TRACE observations and switching to support the shutterless to be completed in time. * Apr 12,19 EIT Shutterless #23, 18:40-21:20 UT The shutterless #23 has been shifted to begin at 18:40 UT to allow for the EUNIS launch, supporting SOHO and TRACE observations and switching to support the shutterless to be completed in time. SUMER plans to observe on April 12, with buffered observations in submode 6. CDS will participate. TRACE plans to support these runs, will coordinate as necessary with EUNIS. MDI will support Shutterless #23 with 1-min cadence Full Disk Magnetograms and Dopplergrams along with 96-min synoptic Magnetograms and Continuum images. * May 27-Jun 14 26m Keyhole (May 31-Jun 11 34m Keyhole) * Jun 3-9 La Palma Observations, MDI/TRACE/La Palma, POC: Tom Berger, TBC MDI has requested good DSN coverage for this time as well as the sister run in October, and a September/October run for Bart DePontieu. Support for the June run is unlikely due to the keyhole period. TRACE will also support this observation. * Jun 28-Jul 12 JOP171 Solar Network Variability and Dynamics, CDS/EIT/MDI/DOT, POC: Peter Gomory CDS has worked out the details with Peter already. EIT sees no problems supporting the request. MDI will support the request, tentatively taking 1-min cadence high-res magnetograms and continuum images. TRACE is also planning to support. * Jul 12-16 MDI Continuous Contact The default plan is Full Disk Magnetograms and Dopplergrams, but it's subject to change based on solar activity and general requests for MDI observations. We may continue with whatever we run for JOP171. * Jul 26, Aug 2 EIT Shutterless #24, TBC * Aug 16-20 MDI Continuous Contact Plan TBC, current default plan is 1-min cadence Full Disk Magnetograms and Dopplergrams. * Aug 21-Sep 19 26m Keyhole (Aug 28-Sep 13 34m Keyhole) Possible MDI focus change after the keyhole (see also section 2 c). * Aug 25-Sep 3 JOP178/JOP157 Filament and its Environment, MDI/CDS/EIT/TRACE/THEMIS/GBOs, POC: Brigitte Schmieder,TBC Note the overlap with the September keyhole. b) Intercalibration activities Last Intercal 1: February 22 * Week 14 ICAL01 (#7113), CDS/EIT, TBC * Week 17 ICAL01 (#7113), CDS/EIT, TBC Details and confirmation will be determined by the planners. c) Individual instrument plans MDI: See section 2a for MDI continuous contact periods. MDI may reduce the ALT cadence during Keyholes to be less than 15 ALT magnetograms per day if the lack of high rate telemetry is such that we will lose all or almost all of the 15 ALT Magnetograms each day. The ALT cadence will be decided on an individual Keyhole basis and even a daily basis during each Keyhole depending on the 70 m antenna availability at the time. All requests for MDI support need to be made several months ahead of time and sent to email@example.com. Even outside keyholes, MDI can only do 1-minute cadence observations when we have contact and there is no recorder dump in progress. MDI's REQUEST page is at http://mdisas.nascom.nasa.gov/coordination.txt NOTE: Listing of a study on that page means *only* that a request has been received, not that it will necessarily be supported. A description of MDI Observing Modes most used for JOPs and campaigns (FD vs. HR) can be found at http://mdisas.nascom.nasa.gov/Collaborate. Anyone requesting MDI observations is encouraged to read this page in order to have a better idea of what observing modes would be best suited for a particular study. More detailed information about how MDI operates, observational constraints and telemetry information can be found at http://mdisas.nascom.nasa.gov/MDI_Collaboration_Details. MDI is back in best focus for Full Disk observing and may switch to better high-resolution observation focus after the June keyhole, in preparation for late summer/early fall timeframe requests for high-res observations. UVCS: We have been using the LyA detector for some observations and will keep planning so when appropriate. For weekly plans, see the SOHO calendar and the UVCS planning page: http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/uvcs/observations/obst.html CDS: See their request diary for details: http://solar.bnsc.rl.ac.uk/scientificops/request.shtml A re-calibration of GIS (filament and raw data dumps) is being performed. LASCO/EIT: SUMER: SUMER plans a compact campaign starting Mar 23 and ending Apr 4. Ending date could be as early as Mar 31, weekend is contingency. TRACE: TRACE is in its normal operations mode until the next 'eclipse season', which expected to start on 2006/doy275 and last through 2007/doy103. NASA has announced that it plans to continue funding of TRACE operations at close to the FY06 level through FY08, followed by a significant ramping down of operations into FY09. NOTE that TRACE in general reserves the right to withdraw support from agreed, existing collaborations if a sufficiently "good active region" is called by the Max Millennium group. 3. AOB * Next SPWG: Fri Apr 28 SPWG after Daily/Weekly Meetings The rest are FYI items: * If anyone has projects that require high rate (i.e. 1 minute cadence) MDI support, now is a good time to ask! If you need MDI data, make sure you request it specifically. There is no significant change in the shutter performance over the last 10 months; monitoring continues, but no immediate changes in operations are planned. * DSN support should be requested at least 6 months in advance. Keep this in mind for: ground-based collaborations that require MDI support, stellar/shutterless observations that require NRT, etc.