UVCS Reports for the SOHO Fifth Anniversary and Sun-Earth Day Celebrations



Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Speakers David Aguilar, John Kohl, Steve Cranmer, Danuta Dobrzycka, 
Mari Paz Miralles, Leonard Strachan
Report The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory held its SOHO Anniversary celebration on 26 April 2001. The event was hosted by David Aguilar (SAO Public Affairs) and featured a full-scale UVCS instrument with three "stations" showing the SOHO highlights video, near real-time solar images, and the SOHO PowerPoint presentation. UVCS PI John Kohl gave a presentation titled, "Exploring The Solar Wind," which explained recent SOHO results and how the Sun's activity affects our daily lives. After the talk, a panel of UVCS scientists (Strachan, Cranmer, Dobrzycka, and Miralles) answered many questions from the audience. There were about 100 people attending the event. Refreshments, educational kits, educational CD-ROMs, stickers, and posters were provided to the participants.



Boston's Museum of Science
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Speakers Leonard Strachan (English); Mari Paz Miralles (Spanish)
Report The speakers gave three Powerpoint presentations at Boston's Museum of Science -- two on 27 April and one on 28 April 2001 (Astronomy Day). The presentations were given in English, Spanish, and in American Sign Language (Saturday only) from the Museum's new Current Science and Technology multimedia stage. For all three presentations there were about 150 seated attendees with many more people viewing from exhibit areas on the first and second floor balcony. Museum officials reported there were 7,645 people that attendened the Astronomy Day events. The visitors took away hundreds of SOHO posters, Sun-Earth Day stickers, and educational CD-ROMs.



H. R. Macmillan Space Centre
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Speaker Peter Smith
Report The speaker participated in four SOHO fifth anniversary events in Vancouver:

1). Radio Interview

On Tuesday 24 April 2001 from about 07:50 to 08:00 he was interviewed by Rick Cluff on the Early Edition Show on CBC Radio One (AM 690 kHz). CBC Radio One is taxpayer-supported, non-commercial radio. The Early Edition Show has the largest audience share in the Greater Vancouver area for this time period. CBC Radio One estimates that about 60,000 listened to the broadcast. 

2). Internet Radio Interview

On Wednesday 25 April 2001 from 14:00 to 14:45, he was interviewed by David Berner on "My City Radio", an internet broadcast. The URL for these broadcasts is: "http://mycityradio.com/mycitytalk/." Berner estimates that the typical audience, which is worldwide, is 5000 people who stay connected for about 20 minutes each. Berner was able to show clips from the UVCS/SOHO PowerPoint presentation and the Dynamic Sun CD. A videotape of this interview will be obtained. 

3). Lecture at H. R. Macmillan Space Center

The lecture took place in the Ground Station Canada Theatre at the Space Center. There were at least  88 people in the audience. Dr Smith spoke for 45 minutes and answered spirited questions for about 15 minutes more. 

4). Radio Interview

On Friday, 27 April 2001, he was interviewed for 30 minutes (21:00 to 21:30) on CKNW (AM 980 kHz). The name of the show was "The Agenda" with Jon McComb. CKNW is the most-listened-to station in Vancouver. "The Agenda" has about a 17% share (30,000 to 40,000 listeners).


Christa McAuliffe Planetarium
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Speakers Angela Ciaravella, Toni Galvin and Raid Suleiman
Report Ciaravella and Galvin gave three PowerPoint presentations at the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium in New Hampshire. The event took place on 27 April 2001 from 14:00 to 17:00 with 30 - 45 minutes for each presentation. After each talk Raid Suleiman joined the other two speakers to answer questions from the audience. There were about 30 people present for the presentations and additional persons attending other events at the planetarium. The audience included both children and adults, The audience especially appreciated the movies related to flares and CMEs. The visitors took away SOHO posters, Sun-Earth Day stickers, educational CD-ROMs and some other materials from ESA.


University of Maryland
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Speakers Yuan-Kuen Ko, Michael Uzzo and Salvatore Mancuso
Report The SOHO 5th Anniversary celebration at the University of Maryland consisted of computer based exhibits at the University's "Maryland Day". More than 200 people of various ages and backgrounds visited the site. They enjoyed watching the 'SOHO: Exploring the Sun' and 'The Dynamic Sun'  CD-ROMs which were set up on 10 PCs at the University's PC Laboratory. About 150 copies each of the two CD-ROMs, SOHO posters, stickers, and other outreach materials were distributed.


The talks below are restricted to participants at the schools and colleges listed:


Wellesley College (Department of Astronomy)
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Speaker Danuta Dobrzycka
Report The 5 year SOHO celebration in Wellesley College took place on 30 April 2001. The speaker presented a talk titled "The Sun through the Eyes of SOHO: A Celebration of SOHO's Fifth Anniversary." The talk was at 12:30. Refreshments were served . About 40 people, both students and faculty members, attended. There was a  lively discussion. After the talk, sunspots were observed with one of the Wellesley College's telescopes. In particular the sunspot group associated with the 2 April 2001 flare was observed.. SOHO posters, CD-ROMs and stickers were distributed.  The students expressed there intentions to use the posters for decorating their dormitory rooms.


Muskingum College
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Speaker Bogdan Valcu (Muskingum)
Report The presentation took place Friday 27 April 2001 at 15:00 in the Large Auditorium of the Boyd Science Center. Both students and faculty members were present; overall there were about 200 participants. Three members of the press were also present, and two articles appeared in local newspapers. The presentation was publicized in the Muskingum College Alumni magazine. The ESA materials were distributed.


Melrose Middle School
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Speaker Jennifer Raymond
Report The speaker made a presentation to sixth grade students at Melrose Middle School, in Melrose, Massachusetts, on Friday 27 April 2001. The first activity was to observe the Sun  through a telescope with a solar filter. This was followed by a talk about solar flares, the solar wind, and the SOHO satellite. Then students watched movies of different solar events, and a discussion followed. Approximately 100 students participated.


Concord-Carlisle High School
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Speaker Daniel Phillips
Report The speaker gave 4 lectures during class periods (about 50 minutes each) in a small theater at the Concord-Carlisle High School in Concord, Massachusetts. There were about 50 students in each lecture, from Earth Science and other science classes at the school; most were in 9th or 10th grade. The presentations went quite well, using overheads and movies from the presentation CD; they varied quite a bit depending on the questions from students and teachers. Detailed explanation of solar characteristics such as the solar magnetic field were provided. The students expressed considerable interest of SOHO study of the Sun.


Cummings School
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Speaker Irene Porro
Report On 27 April 2001 about 200 students (grade 1 to 8) of the Cummings School in Somerville, MA celebrated the 5th Anniversary of SOHO.

The students, divided into two groups, listened to presentations and engaged in hands-on activities tailored to fit the different age groups.

The presentations featured video clips from "Live from the Sun" (a program by "Project to Knowledge"), and from "SOHO Highlights". The images of the SOHO launch captured a lot of the attention of the students who joined loudly in the count down.

An outdoor activity involved looking at the Sun with a "Sunspotter", a portable telescope that allows one to safely observe the Sun. The observation of the sunspots was a particularly exciting experience for the younger students (1 to 4 grade), who expressed their wonder with many WOWs.

At the end the students in grades 1 to 4 thanked the speaker by presenting her with their own artistical pictures of the sun, and celebrated the 5th "birthday" of SOHO with cupcakes!




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