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Science Hack Day Dublin 2012
Hackers
Connor Upton
David Perez-Suarez
Marisa Llorens
Neil Kelly
Aurora Borealis
(Northern Lights)
Celestial fireworks caused by caused by the collision of
energetic charged particles wit...
• Auroras are caused by increased
solar activity
• This follows a predictable cycle and we will see
significant activity i...
Auroras are visible from Ireland
• But how do I know when to go look for them?
Data is Available
but it's not very accessible
and we'd like a more persuasive reminder
Step 1: Make KML from data
Provide a live map of current & predicted solar activity
with additional playback functionality
Step 2: Make LED flat map
Northern Perspective
Again hooked into live data source
Step 3: Half Globe with LEDs
Build it using geodesic dome pattern?
Step 4: Build Aurora Orrery
Build several full globes with LED auroras
Construct an orrery to show relationship between so...
What we need?
Lots of help
- Hardware
- Software
- Model Construction
What we Got Done
A Google Earth
KML layer that
feeds off a
database to show
the extent of
Auroras over time
We won the
peo...
What we Got Done
Robert Fitzsimmons took on a
project extension to develop a
programmable LED globe that
would take our KM...
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Aurora Orrery

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Design Description of our entry into the Dublin Science Hack Day 2012

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Aurora Orrery

  1. 1. Science Hack Day Dublin 2012 Hackers Connor Upton David Perez-Suarez Marisa Llorens Neil Kelly
  2. 2. Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) Celestial fireworks caused by caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere
  3. 3. • Auroras are caused by increased solar activity • This follows a predictable cycle and we will see significant activity in the next couple of years
  4. 4. Auroras are visible from Ireland • But how do I know when to go look for them?
  5. 5. Data is Available but it's not very accessible and we'd like a more persuasive reminder
  6. 6. Step 1: Make KML from data Provide a live map of current & predicted solar activity with additional playback functionality
  7. 7. Step 2: Make LED flat map Northern Perspective Again hooked into live data source
  8. 8. Step 3: Half Globe with LEDs Build it using geodesic dome pattern?
  9. 9. Step 4: Build Aurora Orrery Build several full globes with LED auroras Construct an orrery to show relationship between solar flares and auroras on multiple planets
  10. 10. What we need? Lots of help - Hardware - Software - Model Construction
  11. 11. What we Got Done A Google Earth KML layer that feeds off a database to show the extent of Auroras over time We won the peoples choice award for most interesting project
  12. 12. What we Got Done Robert Fitzsimmons took on a project extension to develop a programmable LED globe that would take our KML layer as an input to light up aurora zones

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