Sunday, January 26, 2014

BARREL Daily Update: Jan 26th 2014

Hi all, 

We're hoping that Halley will have a launch today. Payload 2O is out on the flight line so hopefully in a few hours we'll have it up on one of the socs! There has also been a slight up tick in geomagnetic activity. We had some substorms over the night and we even had the Dst down to -28nT. Okay, sure, that isn't much, but the last time Dst was that low was back on Jan 1st. 

The sunspot region which produced the X-class flare is not back on the Earthward facing side of the sun and could potentially be geo-effective by Jan 29th. We are now seeing C-class flares (they go B, C, M, X in rising order) which is nice after a day or two of only B-class flares. Perhaps we'll have a large event by the end of the week. Fingers crossed!

Ground Weather:
Temp.: -6. C
Wind speed: 12

Halley 6: 
Temp.: -5.8 C
Wind speed: 8 knots 

Payloads up: 
SANAE IV: 2A, 2B, 2C
Halley 6:  2L,

Payloads coming down:

Collection times for EFW:  
2013-01-06 (A just to West, B quite a ways to West)
A: 15:40-21:30   (6h 10m)
B: 17:30-19:30  (2h)
20:30-23:00 (2h 30m)

2013-01-07 (A quite west, B very west of stations)
A: 19:00-21:00  (2h)
22:30-23:59  (1h 30m)
B: 20:45-21:45  (1h)
00:45Jan8-02:00Jan8  (2h 15m)

2013-01-09  (A just to West, B quite a ways to West)
A: 15:15-21:15 (at 16k)  (6h)      
B: 17:30-20:30 (at 16k)  (3h)
     20:33-24:00 (at 4k)   (3.5hrs)

2013-01-10 (west of stations)
A: 18:00-01:00(jan11)
B: 20:00-03:00(jan11)

B: 14:45-21:00

A: 14:40-21:30
B: 17:00-24:00

 A: 14:30-21:30

A: 2014-01-22/17:15 - 23:59:59

B: 2014-01-23/15:00 - 22:00

Halley Bay Search Coil Magnetometer :
quiet. Possibly a small EMIC wave just before midnight on Jan 25th

GOES Electron Flux:
The electron levels have stayed at moderate levels.

GOES Proton Flux:
The proton levels are at moderate levels. 

Space Weather from and 
Solar wind speed: 380.2 km/s 
Solar proton density: 2.0 cm^(-3)  

Sun spot number: 102
NOAA has the likelihood of a M class flare at 20% and a 1% chance of an X class flare.  

There are currently no coronal holes observed on the Earthward side of the Sun. 

Kp is quiet 
kp =0 with a 24 max of kp = 3

Bz = 3.3 south
Btotal = 4.2 nT  

From Kyoto:
AE: Substorms late last night and early this morning. 

Dst: quiet, but more disturbed than most of what we have seen this campaign. 

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