NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) First Light Coverage TODAY

I am totally psyched to say that I’ve been chosen as one of the 15 lucky NASA Twitter followers to attend the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) First Light Tweetup.

I’m going to get to see the Sun in IMAX resolution and real time and I’ll be tweeting live from the event, along with the other lucky Twitter folks who were chosen.

NASA Press Release regarding the event

NASA, Newseum to Debut Images from Unique Solar Spacecraft

WASHINGTON — NASA will hold a news briefing and unveil initial images from the Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, at 2:15 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 21, in the atrium of the Newseum. The Newseum is located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, in Washington. NASA Television and the agency’s Web site will provide live coverage of the briefing.

Launched on Feb. 11, 2010, SDO is the most advanced spacecraft ever designed to study the sun and its dynamic behavior. The spacecraft will provide images with clarity ten times better than high definition television and more comprehensive science data faster than any solar observing spacecraft in history.

The participants for this briefing are:

  • Dean Pesnell, SDO project scientist, Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
  • Alan Title, principal investigator, Atmospheric Imaging Assembly instrument, Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory in Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Philip H. Scherrer, principal investigator, Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager instrument, Stanford University in Palo Alto
  • Tom Woods, principal investigator, Extreme Ultraviolet Variability Experiment instrument, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado in Boulder
  • Madhulika Guhathakurta, SDO program scientist, NASA Headquarters in Washington

The Newseum is a 250,000-square-foot museum of news that offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits.

For more information about NASA TV downlinks and streaming video, visit:

For more information about the SDO mission, visit:

The Video

For a quick overview of SDO, check this quick video on YouTube:

The Tweetup

Now, I’d advocate you following me on Twitter, but hopefully you’re already doing that. However, even if you don’t have a Twitter account, you can watch the events unfold on Twitter’s website by going to the SDO Tweetup List page. That will show you the Twitter streams of everyone participating in the Tweetup.

We’re meeting up in DC at 11 am, but the actual press conference starts a little after 2 pm EDT.

I’m excited to see this historic (and geeky-cool!) event and am so grateful that NASA is letting me in so I can share it with all of you.

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