"Northern Lights" event

Published: 24/08/2012

The Shelios 2012 expedition is promoted by the scientific-cultural association Shelios and is coordinated by its president Dr. Miquel Serra-Ricart, Astronomer of the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands. The main objective of the expedition will be the observation of the aurora borealis from the South of Greenland, coinciding with the increase of the solar activity. More information available at http://www.shelios.com/sh2012.

There will be a daily broadcast between 24 and 28 August 2012 from the surroundings of the Qaleraliq glacier (longitude=46.6791W; latitude=60.9896N) located in the south of Greenland. The broadcasts will be between 00:30 to 1:30 UT (22:30 - 23:30 local time of the previous day in Greenland, 2:30-3:30 CET; where UT means Universal Time and CET Central European Time).

The event broadcast will be performed at three levels:

1) Live Connections (stream1). Five live connections lasting 50 minutes in total from 24 to 28 August. Every night 10 minutes- 01:00-01:10 UT (23:00 - 23:10 local time of the previous day in Greenland, 03:00-03:10 CET). M. Serra-Ricart (spanish) & Vanessa Stroud (English) will explain astronomical concepts related with auroras and solar activity and can be watched on the GLORIA live website live.gloria-project.eu and the main collaborator sky-live.tv.

2) One-Minute Time-Lapse. Every night during one hour and every minute an image of the starry night will be updated to keep the portal of the broadcast up-to-date. Two color Canon 5D-MarkII with identical lenses will be used (separated a minimum of 1km and a maximum of 50km). These images will be accesibles (URL) in order to do the proposed educational activity.

3) Live sky images (stream2). Every night during one hour a B&W night camera point to the sky and will produce a video streaming of aurora movements.


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