Call for Collaborations with Hinode - December 12, 2006
By April 2007 the Initial Observing Phase of Hinode (Solar-B), a joint JAXA/NASA/UK mission, will be complete. At or about this time all the science data from the mission will be made available to the community as will all new data as it is received.
To broaden community involvement in the Hinode mission the science team is offering the opportunity
to facilitate this program the Hinode team has created a group of seven Scientific Schedule
Coordinators (SSCs) to both review requests and assist requestors in preparing their plans. It is
the policy of the Hinode Science Working Group that all observing requests that are consistent with
the objectives of Hinode will be accepted. However it is strongly recommended that individuals discuss
their proposed observations with one of the SSCs before preparing and formally submitting their
request to ensure that their proposed observations are not already part of the core team's program.
Please note that having your observation program selected and implemented does NOT entitle you to
exclusive use of the data. The Hinode open data policy applies to all data. Where the observation
program involves more than one instrument, the requestor should contact an SSC associated with his
Planning for Hinode operations is performed on a three month cycle that is updated monthly.
At the end of every month a meeting is held to confirm the observations for the coming month and
to lay out the broad objectives for the second and third months. The monthly plan provides guidance
for the three instrument teams' Chief Observers who are responsible for preparing the daily observing
plan. For example, requests for observations received between the 15th of November and the 14th of
December will be presented and discussed at the monthly meeting held at the end of December
(i.e. the cut-off for consideration is the 14th day of each month.) If approved the earliest
opportunity for their inclusion into the observing plan would be March. Requesters should understand
that although every effort will be made to perform their observations when requested the Hinode team
does not and cannot guarantee when they will actually occur. It is particularly important for
collaborators who have assigned time on ground based observatories to have their requests in well in
Hinode was designed with the intent of making simultaneous observations with three instruments in
order to understand how changes in the photospheric magnetic field propagated upward through the
various levels of the solar atmosphere. Collaborative observing programs using all the three instruments
will be regarded favorably. However, proposals whose emphasis is on the observations from only one or
two of the three instruments are certainly not excluded.
The requests are expected to be short - a maximum of three pages - and written in English. They should
specify the science objective, how they expect to achieve the objective, provide an outline of the
observations by one or more of the instruments and how long an observing period is required. Currently
the XRT and EIS instruments have interactive web pages that allow scientists to plan their observations.
- John M. Davis for the Hinode SSCs
Appendix A - The SSCs
Appendix B - Useful Websites
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