2018-2019 Science Planning Summaries
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2018-2019 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Probing satellite interiors with long-duration photometric observations

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A-368-S Research Location(s): On station


Event Number:
NSF / AFOSR Interagency Agreement

Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili

ASC POC/Implementer:
Paul Sullivan / Timothy Ager / Neal Scheibe / Leah Street

Principal Investigator(s)

Dr. Michael Veda Nayak
United States Air Force
Edwards AFB, California

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Supporting Stations: South Pole Station
Research Locations: On station


This project will investigate the internal structure of the planets Jupiter and Saturn to discriminate between competing models for their formation, and subsequently advance understanding of solar-system evolution. The principal investigator will use the Lightweight Antarctic Day and Night Imaging Telescope (LANDIT) to provide the first unambiguous identification or normal modes of oscillation of Jupiter and Saturn, providing a probe into their deep internal structure and rotation profiles.

Field Season Overview

One participant will deploy to the South Pole in mid-November and will work with support contractor station personnel and engineering to conduct a site survey for the telescope's deployment. In anticipation for next year’s work, the participant will take atmospheric seeing measurements using a combination of a Differential Image Motion Monitor (DIMM) telescope and a scintillometer array.

Deploying Team Members

  • Michael Nayak (PI)