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Utilization of Solar Dynamics Observatory space weather digital image data for comparative analysis with application to Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey
Author(s): V. Shekoyan; S. Dehipawala; Ernest Liu; Vivek Tulsee; R. Armendariz; G. Tremberger; T. Holden; P. Marchese; T. Cheung
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Paper Abstract

Digital solar image data is available to users with access to standard, mass-market software. Many scientific projects utilize the Flexible Image Transport System (FITS) format, which requires specialized software typically used in astrophysical research. Data in the FITS format includes photometric and spatial calibration information, which may not be useful to researchers working with self-calibrated, comparative approaches. This project examines the advantages of using mass-market software with readily downloadable image data from the Solar Dynamics Observatory for comparative analysis over with the use of specialized software capable of reading data in the FITS format. Comparative analyses of brightness statistics that describe the solar disk in the study of magnetic energy using algorithms included in mass-market software have been shown to give results similar to analyses using FITS data. The entanglement of magnetic energy associated with solar eruptions, as well as the development of such eruptions, has been characterized successfully using mass-market software. The proposed algorithm would help to establish a publicly accessible, computing network that could assist in exploratory studies of all FITS data. The advances in computer, cell phone and tablet technology could incorporate such an approach readily for the enhancement of high school and first-year college space weather education on a global scale. Application to ground based data such as that contained in the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey is discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8499, Applications of Digital Image Processing XXXV, 84991Y (15 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.929747
Show Author Affiliations
V. Shekoyan, Queensborough Community College (United States)
S. Dehipawala, Queensborough Community College (United States)
Ernest Liu, Queensborough Community College (United States)
Vivek Tulsee, Queensborough Community College (United States)
R. Armendariz, Queensborough Community College (United States)
G. Tremberger, Queensborough Community College (United States)
T. Holden, Queensborough Community College (United States)
P. Marchese, Queensborough Community College (United States)
T. Cheung, Queensborough Community College (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8499:
Applications of Digital Image Processing XXXV
Andrew G. Tescher, Editor(s)

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