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DIAS Summer Interns 2023 #3

Seosamh and I are back working in Birr this week. We’ve brought a PC back from Dunsink and have been preparing it for use in the Rosse Observatory to run the SuperSID receiver stationed there. 

This computer will be exclusively running the programs for SuperSID, which gives us more freedom to work on it as we won’t be interfering with the other projects being run from Birr. Additionally, having a dedicated PC will allow us to make changes and optimisations that could improve the quality of signal, allowing us to detect smaller changes in the ionosphere. 

We were working from Stream Birr, a hub for remote work located in town. This allowed us to easily set up the PC and gave us a reliable internet connection which was important for downloading and installing some of the files required for the setup. We also made use of their meeting rooms in order to discuss our projects. 

We’ve also each been working on our own additional projects. Seosamh has been looking at updating the Dunsink SuperSID website (found here He is looking at possible changes to the content and display of the site, starting with the live graph of the data that’s visible on the page. He’s currently adding options for users to choose which transmitter to display, which would add more variety and interactivity to the website.

I’ve been investigating other methods to display the data taken in from the receiver and possible applications of different methods. I’m currently looking at getting an average graph of the day and subtracting that from the incoming data, which could make it easier to spot the changes in the ionosphere. Having a different way to view the data could allow for other interesting projects in future.

An X-class flare occurred on July 2nd, but we were unable to observe it as it didn’t have much effect our region of the ionosphere. However it was still an interesting event as there was also an X-class flare 2 weeks ago. It is rare to see repeated strong activity in such a short time, which demonstrates why investigating solar weather is so important.