Optical observation of aurora australis (southern lights) at South Pole Station and McMurdo Station.

Data from Imager #1
Data from Imager #3

Sample images
Instrument
Publication
Presentation
Contact
Acknowledgement

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Description of all-sky images
The ASI is orientated so that the image appears as it would if the viewer was looking directly overhead (at the zenith) at the geographic South Pole. The Greenwich Meridian line passes vertically down the centre of the image at 74.3 degree counter clockwise to the top. The silhouette of the GPS antenna is just visible in the bottom-left edge of the image.
Instrument

(1) Optics

Objective Lens Nikkor F1.4, f-6mm, 180degree FOV, Fish-eye
Throughput AΩ=0.91cm2str
Filters (1997-2000) 427.8nm, 557.7nm, 630.0nm, 730.0nm, Panchromatic
Filters (2002) 427.8nm, 557.7nm, 630.0nm, 589.0nm, 730.0nm
Filters (2003-) 427.8nm, 557.7nm, 630.0nm, 589.0nm, 486.1nm

(2) Image Sensor

Image Sensor Back-illuminated charge coupled device (CCD)
Image size 512x512 pixels
A/D resolution 14bit

(3) Data Transfer

Command upload Internet (approx. 100Byte/day)
Data download TDRS/Ku-band (approx. 1-3 GByte/day)
Schematic of data/command link.
Archive data product
2003 Composite image Decomposite image Keogram Raw movie Raw data
2004 Composite image Decomposite image Keogram Raw movie Raw data
2005 Composite image Decomposite image Keogram Raw movie Raw data
2006 No data acquired
2007 No data acquired
2008 Composite image Decomposite image Keogram Raw movie Raw data
2009 Composite image Decomposite image Keogram Raw movie Raw data
2010 Composite image Decomposite image Keogram Raw movie Raw data
2011 Composite image Decomposite image Keogram Raw movie Raw data
2012 Composite image Decomposite image Keogram Raw movie Raw data
2013 Composite image Decomposite image Keogram Raw movie Raw data
2014 Composite image Decomposite image Keogram Raw movie Raw data
2015 No data acquired
2016 Data is stored at Pole

Older data for 1997-2002 is also available upon request.

Please contact Yusuke Ebihara (ebihara _at_ rish.kyoto-u.ac.jp) for a consult using data from all-sky imagers before presenting any of these data publically.
Sample

(1) Aurora

Diurnal variation of aurora (Windows Media Movie)

(2) Airglow

2000 UT on June 16, 2002
Contact
Representative of the imager: Yusuke Ebihara (Kyoto University, RISH)


Acknowledgement

Since 2007, this project is collaboration between Kyoto University, the National Institute of Polar Research (Japan) and Siena College (USA) with support provided from the U.S. National Science Foundation under award ANT-0638587. The Principal Investigator of that project is Prof. Allan Weatherwax (Siena College, New York). For further information, please see www.space-antarctica.org.