brief (or not so) intro and some prelim results from SMEI instrument
I am John Clover, I work for the Solar and Heliospheric Physics group at UC San Diego's Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences. My main duty is data processing for the Solar Mass Ejection Imager satellite instrument on board the Coriolis spacecraft. Our instrument has orbited the Earth in a Sun synchronous nearly polar orbit at about 840 km since early 2003.
The SMEI instrument has 3 3x60 degree baffled CCD imagers that sweep out the sky during the 102 minute orbit to form a nearly all-sky map. We observe thomson scattered light in the inner heliosphere caused by the solar wind. To see the small variations we must remove the sidereal background, zodiacal light and stars 6th magnitude and greater. This is where we hope to contribute to the Citizen Sky project.
I have produced a preliminary light curve for epsilon Aurigae for late 2009 using only one of our cameras, and I will attach that light curve here. I plan to clean up the data, fill gaps, remove outliers and noise and also incorporate the other cameras where data is available for the entire SMEI timespan (2003 to present) and once I get the go ahead from my boss I will upload the raw data.
So for now, here it is,