Space Weather Euro News Vol.3 Issue 6 (25-03-1999)

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  1. Announcement of the Russian Space Weather Initiatives (RSWI) Web Site
  2. ACE/RTSW (Advanced Composition Explorer/Real Time Solar Wind) Data Acquisition in Kourou
  3. First Announcement of the "Rencontres de l'Observatoire" on the Physics of Space: Growth Points and Problems
  4. Partial Halo Event on 1999/03/21
  5. Some ESA Tender Actions
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1. Announcement of the Russian Space Weather Initiatives
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From: A. Dmitriev E-mail: dalex@srdlan.npi.msu.su

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE RUSSIAN SPACE WEATHER INITIATIVES (RSWI) WEB SITE

We are glad to inform that the Web site "Russian Space Weather Initiatives" (RSWI) has opened on
http://alpha.npi.msu.su/RSWI/rswi.html

Links on RSWI cover any aspects of the space weather activity in Russia. The link "Satellites" contains the references on the data bases of Russian space experiments. Radio observations of the Sun are presented on the link "Sun". The Sector of Space Magnetoplasma Dynamics is shown on the link "Corona". The link "Heliosphere" contains wide list of observations and some models of galactic and solar cosmic rays. Information about Earth's magnetic field observations and models of magnetosphere dynamics are located on the link "Magnetosphere". Real time data and some models of the near Earth radiation are presented on the link "Radiation". Link "Forecast" contains forecasting of some aspects of space weather (solar flares, heliosphere conditions and geomagnetic storms). Link "Events" reflects current space weather activity (conferences, symposia, workshops, etc.). "Links" permit to connect with some institutes and groups working in space weather program.

RSWI Web site is in development now. We will be very grateful for any comments and suggestions concerning the contents and form of the site. We are also welcome any groups to present their space weather initiatives on the RSWI Web site.

Coordinator of the Russian Initiative Space Weather Task Group activity
A. Dmitriev (dalex@srdlan.npi.msu.su)

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2. ACE/RTSW (Advanced Composition Explorer/Real Time Solar Wind) Data Acquisition in Kourou
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From: J.-Y. Prado E-mail: Jean-Yves.Prado@cnes.fr

ACE/RTSW (Advanced Composition Explorer/Real Time Solar Wind)
Data Acquisition

Following an agreement signed in early january between NOAA and CNES, CNES will use its Ground Station in Kourou, Guiana, starting this week, to provide up to 2 hours of weekday support during the evening UT period between the Loss Of Signal from the RAL (Great Britain) ground station and the Acquisition Of Signal from the CRL (Japan) . This should substantially improve the coverage of the ACE Real Time Solar Wind data reception.

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3. First Announcement of the "Rencontres de l'Observatoire"
on the Physics of Space: Growth Points and Problems
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From: N. Meyer-Vernet E-mail: obs2000@ulysse.obspm.fr

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FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT
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Les Rencontres de l'Observatoire
Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, France - 10-14 January 2000

PHYSICS OF SPACE : GROWTH POINTS AND PROBLEMS

e-mail: OBS2000@ulysse.obspm.fr

web: http://despa.obspm.fr/OBS2000
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The "Rencontres de l'Observatoire", devoted to "PHYSICS OF SPACE : GROWTH POINTS AND PROBLEMS" will be held at the Observatoire de Meudon (part of the Observatoire de Paris) from Monday, January 10 to Friday, January 14, 2000.

This conference is held in honour of J. L. Steinberg. Its purpose is to emphasise recent achievements which have changed our view of the physics of space, to highlight the growth points and key problems, and to focus on the heliosphere as a natural laboratory for physics and astrophysics. The idea is not only to present the latest results, but to put them in perspective, with emphasis on the bridges between space plasma physics and other disciplines.

A major part of the scientific program will consist of review and invited talks. Some time will be set aside for contributed talks, without parallel sessions. Owing to the limited time available, priority will be given to the contributions which address the spirit of the conference as outlined above. As far as possible, posters will be on display during the whole meeting, and a review of the poster contributions is foreseen for each session.

TOPICS:

FUNDAMENTAL PROCESSES
DUSTY AND MORE EXOTIC PLASMAS
BASICS OF WINDS
PLASMAS AROUND COMETS, MOONS AND PLANETS
NEW DETECTION TECHNIQUES
FUTURES
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More information and a preregistration form can be found at
the web site : http://despa.obspm.fr/OBS2000
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4. Partial Halo Event on 1999/03/21
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From: S. Plunkett E-mail: plunkett@kreutz.nascom.nasa.gov

LASCO and EIT observed a large CME on 1999/03/21 that just about meets the criteria for a partial halo event (it is about 120 degrees in apparent width in the LASCO images, and it appears in projection over at least one of the poles). The event was first visible at 15:26 UT in C2, where it appeared in the SW quadrant, and extended eastwards into the SE. The leading edge of the event had a loop or arcade-like appearance, with a lot of highly structured material trailing behind. EIT observed a filament activation and eruption to the S and E of AR 8494, close to CM and about 40 degrees S of the equator. The activity in EIT began at about 12:24 UT, and the filament eruption was seen in a He II 304 A image at 13:18 UT. A post-eruption arcade was observed for several hours after the event.

The projected speed of the leading edge in the plane of the sky, measured in the C3 coronagraph, was about 340 km/s at PA 315.

Images and movies of this event are available at the usual location:

ftp://lasco-www.nrl.navy.mil/pub/lasco/halo/19990321/

Best wishes,

Simon Plunkett.

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5. Some ESA Tender Actions
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From: N. Crosby E-mail: ncrosby@wm.estec.esa.nl

AO3500 PROVISION OF INFORMATICS INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING SERVICES
(Open from 23/03/1999 to 07/05/1999, Act.Ref.: 98.188.03).
AO3516 PHASE B OF AIRBORNE PRISM EXPERIMENT (APEX)
(Open from 18/03/1999 to 11/05/1999, Act.Ref.: 98.1PU.05)

For more information and the complete list of ESA Tender Actions please look at:
http://edms.esrin.esa.it/emits/OpenTenders

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