Norwich University receives NASA Grant

solar flare - source: NASAThe National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded Norwich University a grant to pursue scientific research in the field of Space Weather.

Norwich physicist Gary Parker will coordinate the $20,000 project, which will utilize spacecraft observations of the sun to investigate the rotation of the solar atmosphere and the timing patterns of solar disturbances responsible for storms in space.

"This award for 2003 will let us develop a strategy for an ongoing research program to involve Norwich faculty and students in basic space research," said Parker.

The investigation will utilize data derived from instruments aboard the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). The accumulated information includes high quality observations of the sun's corona that can help explain how and why the rotation of the sun's atmosphere varies. Variations at the sun trigger disturbances in space that travel outward in the solar wind and can impact Earth with geomagnetic storms and their associated power outages and northern light displays.

This 2003 grant was awarded through the NASA EPSCoR grant program, which is locally administered by the University of Vermont.

aventi@norwich.edu, February 2003

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