We are starting a new campaign! Between 14 and 23 July 2016, the most powerful solar observatories will be watching the Sun simultaneously, hoping to understand complicated physical processes that occur in chromosphere during flares. Your backyard observatory may join our observing network! Go to our website to find guide to the Sun and variety of tutorials about solar astrophotography and sign up for the campaign! Check the daily targets in our Twitter feed @fchroma or on Facebook.
F-CHROMA is a project funded by the European Commission under Framework 7, that focusses on space-based and ground-based multi-mode, multi-wavelength study of solar flares. Solar flares are the most intense energy release events in the solar system, and – via their intense high energy radiation bursts and associated coronal mass ejections – a driving feature of space weather. Though solar flares have dramatic coronal manifestations, the bulk of the flare radiation comes from the denser lower atmosphere – or chromosphere. This is the main location of flare energy dissipation and radiation, and the radiation can be analysed to provide many diagnostics of the energisation process.
The goals of F-CHROMA are to acquire, analyse and interpret ground- and space-based observational data of solar flares, test these against model predictions, and create an archive of solar flare observations and models, with major emphasis on their chromospheric aspects.