News Archive

Doctora S. E. Holmen
19.12.2016
We are proud to announce that Silje Eriksen Holmen has defended her PhD thesis "Trends and variability of polar mesopause region temperatures attributed to atmospheric dynamics and solar activity". The defense was on Tuesday 19th of December 2016.
Storm ripped off our roof!
11.11.2016
The storm on Monday 7th of November ripped off half of our roof of the service section. It took off and landed 50m away from KHO towards Eiscat, right on top of the new magnetometer from PRIC. The Sensor survived the attack. Five minute average wind speeds were up to 30 m/s out of the Bolterdalen valley towards North. The Company Svalbard Bygg As has started the repairs.
See damage: [Images]
Australian 60 Minutes
11.04.2016
The newsmagazine 60 Minutes from Australia has visited KHO. They learned about the origin of the Aurora and was given a tour of the Observatory and the EISCAT radars. The airborne footages of the radars by their Quadrocopter are really astonishing.
See YouTube: [video]
Phillipe Boucher
15.04.2016
Philippe Boucher has broadcasted on the Euronews program "Learning World" a film about our activity on the mountain. The film called "Water Odyssey - The closest university to the North Pole" has been translated into 13 languages all over Europe including Arabic.
See film: [movie]
Front cover of JGR
09.11.2015
Our PhD student Xiangcai Chen has together with space physics colleagues from China made the front cover of the Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR). The paper is an extensive study of diffuse dayside aurora during quiet geomagnetic conditions, over a time period of 7 years. A new type of diffuse aurora is observed at magnetic noon and is named throat aurora.
More info:[1] [2]
Mission complete!
13.12.2015
KHO has successfully supported the Rocket Experiment for Neutral Upwelling 2 (RENU2) campaign. Our instruments together with the Eiscat radar identified and tracked the target - the dayside aurora - and the rocket was launched at 07:34 UT from And°ya Space Centre.
More info: [1] [2]
Snow mapping by drones
28.10.2015
We are happy to learn that Baptiste Vandecrux, Marco Marcer and Emiliano Cimoli have defended their masters successfully at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) on snow distribution by the help of Radar, Quadrocopters and Optics. KHO salute you!
Read all: [1] [2]
Master Norah
June 2015
Congratulations to Master Norah Kaggwa Kwagala! She has studied dayside 630.0 nm emissions due to thermally excited O(1D) in the cusp region ionsphere over Svalbard using both KHO and Eiscat. She is now a PhD. student at The Birkeland Centre for Space Science (BCSS).
 
Aurora Skycam
18.05.2015
KHO has teamed up with Aurora Skycam - a camera network with professional photographers that aims to provide real-time displays and alert systems of the aurora across the northern hemisphere.
 
The total eclipse
26.02.2015
The preparations for the total eclipse of 20th of March 2015 have started with both airborne and ground-based campaigns planned. The totality of the event is only 147 seconds beginning at ~11:10 LT. Look 166o South-East and 11o above the horizon to see it.
 
ICI-4 Launched!
20.02.2015
AGF-304/804 Master and PhD students provided radar support for the University of Oslo scientific sounding rocket ICI-4 mission last night. The rocket was launched successfully from And°ya Space Centre at 23.06 local time.
 
Queen Sonja
05.02.2015
Her Royal Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway has visited KHO. Together with friends she inspected key instruments and was given an update on our research on aurora and airglow. The global weather machine and solar impacts was also discussed in relation to possible climatic changes. We are very happy for the Queens interest in our work.
 
C-REX launched successfully!
24.11.2014
KHO is part of the Cusp Region EXperiment (C-REX), a NASA sounding rocket mission that just released a large constellation of artificial clouds into the ionosphere above the Greenland Sea. The rocket was launched from And°ya Space Centre at 08:05 UT on 24th of November, 2014.
 
Dr. Holmes, I presume?
29.08.2014
A new protonic is born! Jeff Morgan Holmes defended on Friday the 29th of August at the University of Oslo (UiO) his PhD titled: The Protonics project: distributed observations of auroral dayside Doppler-shifted hydrogen emissions. KHO salute you!
 
Master Kinga
20.08.2014
Congratulation to Master Kinga Albert! The thesis is called: Svalpoint: A multi-track optical pointing system. It enables us at KHO to track any object on the night sky with multiple instruments, simultaneously. Her work opens new opportunities for us and we really look forward to start using the system.
 
Finally safe!
29.11.2013
All the 77 rooms of KHO are now secured by an automatic fire extinction system based on the INERGEN gas. The work was done by the company Fire Eater AS. Our one of a kind instruments are all extra protected. But, we hope not to use the system at all.
 
KHO airborne!
12.08.2013
Our first flight with the Phantom Quadrocopter was a success. Location is close to the old Auroral station in Adventdalen. Remote sensing of any target of interest is now possible at very low cost. Our own sensors will soon be deployed onto these stable flying platforms.
 
Royal visit
01.02.2013
Her Royal Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway has been with friends to KHO. Together with Sysselmannen she inspected key instruments and learned about the dayside aurora and airglow. We are very proud and happy. A nice video of the event is published at the Royal Youtube channel:
Read more: [YouTube] [ UNIS]
 
Hyperspectral auroras
29.11.2012
Our NORUSCA II camera has made headline news at the Optical Society of America (OSA) as first-ever instrument to capture hyperspectral images of Earth's Auroras. The press release is a result of our paper just published in Optics Express.
Read more: [OSA] [ UNIS]
 
Status quo: Excellent!
12.11.2012
The Space physics group at UNIS has become partner in a new Norwegian Center of Excellence (SFF centres) led by the Birkeland Center for Space Science at the University of Bergen. The centre will receive NOK 16 million per year for up to ten years - Hallelujah!
 
BBC News
27.09.2012
Celebrity science editor David Shukman from BBC News has visited KHO and SPEAR. Exclusive interviews with our own Profs. Dag Lorentzen and Lisa Baddeley concerning solar storms and satellite navigation went nationwide on UK media.
 
Optics award to Silje
27.10.2012
KHO PhD. Student Silje Eriksen Holmen has won the Young Scientist Award for her presentation about the Svalbard mesospheric temperature record at the 39th annual European Meeting on Atmospheric Studies by Optical Methods (39 AM) in Sopot, Polen, August 2012.

 
Our forecast goes public
16.08.2012
The Auroral forecast at KHO is now available for all smart phone platforms including Android, iPhone and Windows.
The apps were released on And°ya Rocket Range 50 years anniversary, to honour their contribution to space physics and cooperation with UNIS.
 
ICI-3 launched!
03.12.2011
The ICI-3 rocket was launched at 07:21:31 UT, Dec. 03 2011. KHO provided ground support to the campaign. The aim of the rocket is to investigate space weather and find out why GPS signals are disrupted in the post noon dayside / ionosphere.
 
Turtle mode
03.11.2011
Students attending the UNIS course AGF-210 (The middle polar atmosphere) show us new and creative ways of removing dome covers at KHO. Both scared and safe turtle modes are demonstrated.
Film clips: [.wmv] [1] and [2]
 
New Japanese camera
24.10.2011
A new Japanese instrument from the University of Electro-Communications (UEC) in Tokyo is now beeing installed at KHO. The all-sky imager will detect how polar cap patches (large scale plasma blobs) changes in shape in relation to dayside electron precipitation.
 
Mobile Auroral forecast
06.09.2011
Our auroral forecast service at KHO is now available as a mobile application for phones that runs on the android operating system (version 1.5 and up). The program forecasts up to 1 hour in time the size and location of the auroral ovals, mapped on to a solar illuminated globe.
 
China joins KHO
04.04.2011
The Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) and UNIS are now initiating a long term cooperation in studies of space and atmospheric physics. PRIC will install a new all-sky camera at KHO to complement measurements from the Arctic Yellow River Station in Ny-Ålesund.
 
The NORUSCA II Cameras
14.02.2011
Two prototype auroral cameras are now constructed together with Russian and Ukrainian scientists. These hyperspectral cameras use new electo-optical technology to image the night sky as a function of wavelength with no moving parts!
 
First airglow image
25.01.2011
Finally, after years of work we are able to image the airglow layer from KHO. The breakthrough came with our new near-infrared all-sky camera that was installed in December. It is now possible to monitor the weather at an altitude of ~90 km above ground level with high spatial resolution.
 
Post Doc Margit!
17.12.2010
We are proud to inform that Dr. Margit Elisabet Dyrland has been awarded a personal 3 years post-doctoral fellowship by the Norwegian Research Council (FRINAT). She will study gravity waves and their impact on circulation and temperature in the middle atmosphere.
 
The RENU rocket
02.12.2010
KHO has been used as head quarter for a Rocket campaign that aims to study the Effect of Neutral Upwelling of upper atmospheric oxygen atoms during dayside aurora (RENU). The rocket was launched from And°ya Rocket Range at 06:38 UT 12th December 2010.
More Info:   1  2  3  4
 
Substorm students
26.11.2010
The students at the Polar Magnetospheric Substorms course AGF-345 experienced during their fieldwork at KHO and EISCAT a spectacular auroral display. Two nights of excellent datasets were collected for their project work.
More info
 
All-Sky Airglow Imager
25.10.2010
A new high throughput near infrared all-sky camera made for imaging of mesospheric airglow has arrived to Svalbard. The instrument is made by Dr. Trond Trondsen at Keo Scientific Ltd. The camera system will be installed at KHO.
More info
 
Dr Margit!
23.02.2010
Dr. Margit Dyrland has defended and finsihed with her PhD! The thesis is called: Multi-instrument studies of polar mesopause region temperature and airglow variablity. It is a study of the weather at 90 km altitude above Svalbard.
Read more