AAS Meeting #194 - Chicago, Illinois, May/June 1999
Session 80. Here Comes the Sun: Plans for the Y2K Solar Maximum
Solar, Oral, Wednesday, June 2, 1999, 3:45-5:30pm, Continental Ballroom C

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[80.04] Monitoring the Sun for Flares and other Terrestrially Important Phenomena with the GOES series of Solar X-ray Imagers

P.L. Bornmann (NOAA/SEC), NOAA/SEC SXI Team, NOAA GOES Collaboration, NASA/GSFC GOES Collaboration, NASA/MSFC SXI-M Team, Lockeed Martin SXI-001 Team

The first of a series of GOES Solar X-ray Imagers (SXI) is scheduled to launch in April 2001 to support the NOAA Space Environment Center's mission to monitor and predict solar-terrestrial disturbances. The geosynchronous orbit of the GOES spacecraft gives essentially continuous monitoring (terrestrial eclipses occur during two eclipse seasons at the equinoxes). SXI will obtain full disk images at a one minute cadence in soft x-ray bands in the 6-60 A range. The capabilities and the observing sequence are designed to monitor the Sun for flare locations (associated with particle events observed at Earth), coronal holes (associated with high-speed solar wind streams and geomagnetic disturbances, coronal mass ejections (associated with geomagnetic disturbances), solar active region development (used to predict solar flares, which affect the ionosphere), and other solar phenomena that affect the Earth.

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