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"Let's observe the Sun with Hinode 2016" will be carried out from July 22 to July 29 and from Aug.15 to Aug.20, 2016.

"Let's observe the Sun with Hinode" is a joint observation campaign carried out by Hinode and junior high/high (JH/H) school students every summer and winter vacation since 2010. This year, it is carried out from July 22(Sat) to July 29(Sat) and from Aug.15(Mon) to Aug.20(Sat), titled as "Let's observe the Sun with Hinode 2016."

Scientific data sets obtained by Hinode are not only used for research purposes, but for educational purposes, as well. During these campaign periods, X-ray full-disk images and various kinds of optical and X-ray images of solar active regions can be obtained by Hinode around the JST midday (2:00 - 6:00 UT), so that JH and H school students could have opportunities for their own research activity, to observe the Sun, and to compare their results with those obtained by Hinode, by participating in the extracurricular astronomical clubs in JH and H schools. So far, twentyfive schools and/or facilities took part in this campaign and reported their observational results. Some of them had presentations in prefectural-level science contests in Japan. The following pictures show that Urawa-Nishi high school had a presentation in a juniour session of annual meeting, Astronomical Society of Japan, last March.

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Oral presentation by Urawa-Nishi High School in a juniour session of annual meeting, Astronomical Society of Japan. (©Urawa-Nishi High School)

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Poster presentation by Urawa-Nishi High School in a juniour session of annual meeting, Astronomical Society of Japan. Urawa-Nishi High School)


These joint observations draw attention of foreign solar researchers. We hope the students will have fruitful research opportunities by jointly observing the Sun with Hinode. In addition, museums and public observatories are encouraged to utilize the Hinode data for their exhibitions, and school teachers are also encouraged to do so in their classes.

Please look at the campaign details on the following web page.
http://hinode.nao.ac.jp/user/yaji/hinode/issho/index_e.html

Reference
HOP173 "EPO campaign observation mainly for high school students"
http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/home/solar/hinode_op/hop.php?hop=0173

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