I am a Consultant Astrophysicist resident at the Hinode operations center of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) just outside Tokyo.

Hinode (meaning “Sunrise” in Japanese) is a joint JAXA/NASA/ESA satellite. It was launched in 2006 and carries three telescopes for investigating unanswered science questions about the Sun.

I am the US Chief Observer for one of the telescopes (an EUV Imaging Spectrometer – EIS) and the Hinode Chief Planner, managed by the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, and George Mason University in Virginia, and funded by NASA through the Hinode Project Office, which is led out of Marshall Space Flight Center. I am also the resident NASA Hinode project office representative at JAXA, and a member of the science team for the re-flight of NASA’s high resolution coronal imager (Hi-C) sounding rocket.

As Chief Planner, I operate the Hinode satellite. As Chief Observer, I operate the EIS instrument. I also conduct research using the observations we make, together with data obtained by a number of other solar satellites, deep space missions, and a variety of ground based observatories around the world.

You can find information about my research on this website. You can also follow my activities on twitter: @realDavidBrooks.

Recent ground and space-based images of the Sun are spectacular. I thought I would occasionally share some of them here. They are a mix of real and colour modified images, mostly from the Solar Dynamics Observatory, and are courtesy of NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams.