Artist David Fodel developed the software component of the artwork, with NOAA scientist Dr. George Millward acting as science consultant. The DSCOVR Solar Wind Harp project builds upon previous versions of the software using data collected from the existing NOAA/NASA ACE (Advanced Composition Explorer) satellite. With the launch of DSCOVR in 2015, the project artistic software will couple with the real-time telemetry of the DSCOVR satellite hardware. DSCOVR, the Deep Space Climate Observatory, will provide instantaneous measurements of the solar wind magnetic field, and the solar wind plasma ion velocity and density. From its position upstream of the Earth, at the L1 Lagrangian point, these measurements provide warnings of incoming space weather events 15 to 60 minutes before they impact Earth.
DSCOVR
DSCOVER satellite under construction. Courtesy NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Previous versions of the artwork, developed in 2008 by Fodel and Millward. have been exhibited and performed in venues such as the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Anderson Ranch Art Center, and The Phillip J. Steele Gallery among others.

In this version the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) spacecraft carries six high-resolution sensors and three monitoring instruments sampling low-energy particles of solar origin and high-energy galactic particles.
ACE orbits at a point of Earth-Sun gravitational equilibrium about 1.5 million km from Earth and 148.5 million km from the Sun. From this location ACE has a prime view of the solar wind.
ACE also still currently provides near-real-time 24/7 continuous coverage of solar wind parameters. When reporting space weather ACE provides an advance warning (about one hour) of geomagnetic storms.

Solar Wind Harp - Do It! Exhibition from david fodel on Vimeo.

 

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