Planning week 29 Aug - 3 Sep 2011

The downlink schedule with Hinode was modified for the planning week before mine and so the previous planner ended up making the plan for Saturday and Sunday (27, 28 August), reducing my planning load by two days.

The observations were dominated by two active regions: AR 11279 and 11281. Both crossed the central meridian during the time period: 279 on 30/31 August and 281 on 3 September. 

There were two ground-based HOPs scheduled each day of this planning week, although neither requested EIS observations and so I considered support optional. HOP 190 (topology and dynamics of moving magnetic features) was scheduled between 07:30 and 10:00 UT but I only supported on Tuesday. HOP 199 (origin of penumbral fine structures) was scheduled between 18:00 and 20:00 UT and I only supported on Monday. The targets for each HOP were sunspots in AR 11279. 

There was no significant flare activity this week (largest was C5 from 11281).

Monday 29 August (OP 1)

AIA 193 image

I ran a wavelength calibration study (HPW021_VEL_001x512v1) at 11:43 with the intention of capturing quiet Sun above the SE limb. However, I mis-timed the observation and there were AR loops above the limb at the time.

I supported HOP 199 at 18:15 by running IUU_SCAN_STEPS_002 for an hour.

Although AR 11279 wasn't that close to the meridian, I scheduled a 480x512 scan with HPW021_VEL_240x512v1 for 20:05.

Tuesday 30 August (OP1 & OP 2)

AIA 193 image

I scheduled hunter_loop_fe8 at 01:41 on AR 11279 in order to find some bright loop footpoints. UPDATE: this test was successful and produced 15 response rasters centered on a bright footpoint.

At 07:41 I supported HOP 190 by running IUU_SCAN_STEPS_002 for an hour. This was the last observation for OP1.

OP2 began with HOP 130 (EIS full disk scan) at 10:07 and finishing at 13:40. We then performed the instrument co-alignment study for the north pole (13:42) and east limb (15:40).

I scheduled a long (6 hours) run of IUU_SCAN_STEPS_002 at 20:05. AR 11279 was large and had two or three activity cores at this point, so I chose the core closest to the Hinode pointing.

Wednesday 31 August (OP 2)

AIA 193 image at 23:44 UT

The satellite pointing was moved to disk center at 05:40 for a SOT flat field. I took the opportunity to schedule Atlas_60 in quiet Sun at Y=-382 (AR 11279 was at disk center).

At 10:35 I scheduled another 480x512 scan of AR 11279 with HPW021. This time the AR was at the meridian.

Thursday 1 September (OP2 & OP 3)

AIA 193 image at 20:39 UT

There were no observations on Thursday from OP2, and for OP3 we switched to AR 11281 as the default pointing since the flarewatch team listed it as the region most likely to flare.

At 10:45 I scheduled at 7 hour run of IUU_SCAN_STEPS_002 on the core of AR 11218.

Friday 2 September (OP 3)

AIA 193 image at 23:37 UT

At 10:35 I scheduled a 480x512 scan of AR 11281 with HPW021. Note that I offset the pointing to solar-west as there was a coronal hole preceding the AR that I thought might be interesting.

At 23:32 I scheduled a Atlas_60 in the core of AR 11281.

Saturday 3 September (OP 3)

AIA 193 image

No observations this day.