AGU 2019 Fall Meeting: Session SH021 — Preparing for Solar Orbiter: Linking the Sun to the Heliosphere

July 4, 2019, from Richard Morton

The abstract submission for the AGU Fall Meeting 2019 session SH021 — Preparing for Solar Orbiter: Linking the Sun to the Heliosphere is now open.
Solar Orbiter is scheduled for launch in February 2020. We welcome contributions from the entire community in a broad range of topics covering all objectives of Solar Orbiter, which are the following:
  1. What drives the solar wind and where does the heliospheric magnetic field originate?
  2. How do solar transients drive heliospheric variability?
  3. How do solar eruptions produce energetic particle radiation that hills the heliosphere?
  4. How does the solar dynamo work and drive connections between the Sun and the heliosphere?
Meeting date: AGU Fall Meeting 9-13 December 2019, San Francisco, CA.
Session organisers: Yannis Zouganelis (European Space Agency), Russ Howard (NRL), Chris Owen (MSSL) & Robert Wimmer-Schweingruber (U. of Kiel).
Session abstract:
ESA/NASA’s next heliophysics mission Solar Orbiter has completed its environmental test campaign and is getting ready to be launched in February 2020. The mission’s unique design will enable breakthrough science focusing on the linkage between the Sun and the heliosphere. By approaching as close as 0.28 AU from the Sun and orbiting the Sun in a plane up to 33 degrees from the ecliptic, Solar Orbiter will view the Sun and corona with remote imaging with high spatial resolution and with in-situ measurements of the surrounding heliosphere. Thanks to this unique orbit, Solar Orbiter will deliver images and data of the unexplored Sun’s and inner heliospheric polar regions and the side of the Sun not visible from Earth. This session focuses on the capabilities of the mission, the performance of its instruments, coordinated observations with other missions, and theoretical developments to understand how the Sun creates and controls the heliosphere.