Saturday, January 26, 2013

Daily e-mail Jan 26th 2013


 
NO TELECON TODAY OR SUNDAY!!!!!

We had a new record yesterday. Shortest telecon time is now at 6 minutes. 

A watched pot never boils and I think a watched magnetosphere never storms... But I haven't been watching for the last 12 hours or so and we now have a storm! 

Payloads up: 
SANAE IV: 1Q, 1S, 1T, 1U
Halley 6: 1G, 1H, 1I

Payloads ready for flight:
SANAE IV: Launched 1U today. 
Halley 6: Possibly launch this weekend if ground weather is good

Payloads coming down:
1C came down at 1/26/2013 0340 UTC 1G may be cut down shortly will keep everyone posted.
 
Conjunctions: 

Jan 27 2013
Sat. A 0220 UT - 0910 UT
Sat. B 0330 UT - 1020 UT

Jan 26 2013
Sat. A 0830 UT - 1500 UT
Sat. B 0050 UT - 0700 UT
Sat. B 0940 UT - 1630 UT

Jan 25-26 2013
Sat. A 2340 UT Jan 25 - 0600 UT Jan 26

Jan 25 2013
Sat. A 0540 UT - 1215 UT
Sat. B 0650 UT - 1315 UT

Jan 24-25 2013
Sat. A 2030 UT Jan 24 - 0315 UT Jan 25
Sat. B 2140 UT Jan 24 - 0410 UT Jan 25

Jan 24 2013
Sat. A 0252 UT - 0900 UT
Sat. B 0340 UT - 1000 UT

Jan 23 2013
Sat. A 0000 UT - 0630 UT
Sat. B 0025 UT - 0715 UT

Jan 22 2013
Sat. A 0515 UT - 1230 UT
Sat. B 0600 UT - 1320 UT

Jan 21 2013
Sat. A 0140 UT - 0920 UT
Sat. B 0225 UT - 1005 UT

Jan 20 2013
Sat. A 0000 UT - 0650 UT
Sat. B 0015 UT - 0715 UT



Halley Bay Mag:
Some wave activity. 

GOES Electron Flux:
Possibly a drop out with possibly enhancements due to the SW from the coronal hole intersecting with the earth 

GOES Proton Flux:
Has stayed at background levels for the lat 24 hours + 

Space Weather from Spaceweather.com and SWPC.noaa.gov

Solar wind speed is 453.8 km/s but with bursts above 550 km/s
Solar proton density 8.4 cm^(-3) 

44 sunspots are now visible. NOAA has the likelihood of a M class flare at 5% and a 1% chance of an X class flare. The sun is incredibly quiet.

Kp is quiet kp = 3 with a 24 max of kp = 4
Bz = 8.5 nT south
Btotal = 9.7 nT 

There is a coronal hole in the southern hemisphere which is now a little more than half way across the surface of the sun. It seems the the HSS has hit us, although like the last one, the SW velocities appear to be low. That said it seems to be producing a geomagnetic storm which appears to be still approaching a minimum Dst. I'm betting that when Sym-H is produced we'll see that there were multiple ring current injections. 


From Kyoto:
AE: a number of much larger substorms than we've yet seen during this campaign. AE peaks above 500 nT

Dst: A small storm is currently going on with last hour having Dst = -40. With the current strong Bz south and increases in SW density and speed, I'm betting we'll see a larger decrease in the coming hours. 

Have a good weekend