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Measuring the Angular Size of the Sun

Sabatino Sofia, Terry Girard

The balloon-borne Solar Disk Sextant (SDS) experiment has measured the angular size of the Sun on seven occasions spanning the years 1992 to 2011. The solar half-diameter -- observed in a 100-nm wide passband centered at 615 nm -- is found to vary over that period by up to 200 mas, while the typical estimated uncertainty of each measure is 20 mas. The diameter variation appears as if it might be cyclic, although it is not in phase with the solar activity cycle; thus, the measured diameter variation is not an observational artifact of surface activity. Our SDS group is planning future, annual flights over the next three years.


Image Credits: (header) Image of prominence, SOHO (ESA & NASA)


04.01.2014 Congratulations Jeremy Bradford on being awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!
2014 NSF GRFP Competition Results Announced!
03.24.2014 Hoffleit Undergraduate Research Scholars
The Astronomy department at Yale is pleased to announce the inaugural Hoffleit Undergraduate Research Scholars have been announced.
03.09.2014 ALMA study by Yale astronomer Hector Arce is featured in CBS show “60 minutes” report on ALMA.
The prestigious news program “60 Minutes” aired a segment on the Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA). Data obtained by Yale astronomy professor Héctor Arce using this powerful new telescope was prominently featured in this report.

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