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Session 53 - First Results from the Global Oscillations Network Group (GONG).
Oral session, Wednesday, June 12
Wisconsin Center,

[53.01] The Global Oscillation Network Group Project

J. W. Leibacher, J. W. Harvey, F. Hill, R. Hubbard, J. R. Kennedy, J. A. Pintar (NSO/NOAO), A. Bhatnagar (Udaipur Solar Obs./PRL), J. A. Kennewell (Learmonth Solar Obs./IPS), W. Marquette (Big Bear Solar Obs./CalTech), J. Patrón (Obs. del Teide/IAC), O. Saá (CTIO/NOAO), E. Yasukawa (HAO/NCAR), GONG Project Team

The NSF-sponsored Global Oscillation Network Group (GONG) project has developed and is operating a network of six velocity imaging instruments around the world, and a data analysis system that can keep up with the massive data flow, in support of a vigorous community that shares in all aspects of this program to explore the structure and dynamics of the solar interior.

Data from the first three stations were obtained starting in March 1995, and the full six-station network became operational in early October 1995. The system noise is below the solar background of incoherent surface motions, and the overall data processing pipeline is maintaining cadence with the data flood.

The scientific objectives, design and performance of the network, instrumentation, and data processing, and plans for the future will be presented.

The National Optical Astronomy Observatories are operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.

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