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Solar Orbiter magnetometer data: opportunities for space weather prediction

Tim Horbury - Imperial College London; Helen O'Brien - Imperial College London, United Kingdom; Jonathan Eastwood - Imperial College London, United Kingdom; Mathew Owens - University of Reading, United Kingdom; Ronan Laker - Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Session: Space Weather Instrumentation


Launched on 10 February 2020, Solar Orbiter is following a complex trajectory through the inner solar system, ultimately reaching under 0.29 AU and over 30 degrees heliolatitude. While scientific data can sometimes spend several months on the spacecraft before being returned to the ground, the in situ instruments have defined reduced bandwidth “Low Latency” data products which are returned on each daily ground station contact and are publicly available within 24 hours. The magnetometer instrument Low Latency product is a vector magnetic field measurement every 8 seconds: while these data will not be of the highest scientific quality, they represent an unprecedented resource for constraining global heliospheric magnetic field models and hence improving predictions of near-Earth solar wind conditions.

We present the Solar Orbiter Low Latency magnetic field data and discuss opportunities for improving space weather forecasts using this unique data set.

Approaching deadlines:

Registration opens:

16 July 2020

Abstract submission opens:

16 July 2020

European Space Weather Medals:

6 September 2020

Registration deadline:

25 September 2020

Registration deadline: [extended]

10 October 2020

Abstract submission deadline:

4 September 2020