Quiet solar storm named after International Women’s Day

Written by Jaša Čalogović Monday, 26 July 2021 12:20

womens day solar stormScientists from Hvar Observatory (Croatia), the University of Graz (Austria), and Skoltech (Russia) along with their colleagues from the U.S., Belgium, and China have investigated a peculiar solar storm that happened on the International Women’s Day 2019. The all-female research team unraveled how a double structure erupted from the Sun, resulting in a plethora of phenomena observed across the electromagnetic spectrum, eventually merging into a single structure that sped toward the Earth. Published in Astronomy & Astrophysics, the study contributes to accurate predictions of hostile space weather events. 


Festival of Science 2021 - "Culture of Science"

Written by Jaša Čalogović Tuesday, 11 May 2021 14:13

thumb FZ 2021 This year's Festival of Science will be held from 10 to 15 May 2021 in 18 Croatian cities with the topic "Culture of Science" - What is culture and do we build a culture of science?". The novelty of this year's Festival of Science is a rich online program and for the more details about the Festival you can visit webpage here (in croatian). The Hvar Observatory also participated in the Festival of Science program with a video workshop "Space weather - how to predict the arrival of solar storms on Earth?" created by Karmen Martinić and Mateja Dumbović, which you can access here (only in croatian).

Mateja Dumbović received Alexander Chizhevsky Medal for Space Weather and Space Climate

Written by Jaša Čalogović Thursday, 04 March 2021 11:54

thumb mateja chizhevsky medal 2021After EGU and SCOSTEP awards for distinguished young scientist Dr. Mateja Dumbović received another confirmation of exceptional contribution in the field of Space Weather – The Alexander Chizhevsky Medal for Space Weather and Space Climate. The prize rewards a young researcher (younger than 35 years, or having successfully defended her/his thesis within the last 6 years prior to the ESWW2020, i.e. after October 30th, 2014) for outstanding achievements in space weather with an innovative approach.
This award is given every year since 2014 to the best scientists by the European Space Agency, the Belgian Solar-Terrestrial Center of Excellence and the Space Weather Working Team, in collaboration with the scientific magazine Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate. Award ceremony was held online on 2.3.2021, opened by prof. Jean Lilensten, the chair of medal committee. Among friends and family, Croatian minister of Science and Education Dr. Radovan Fuchs dean of Faculty of Geodesy prof. Almin Đapo, head of Hvar Observatory Dr. Roman Brajša, representatives from Russian and Norwegian Academy of Sciences, as well as representatives from Croatian Agency for Science and Higher education attended the ceremony.

Read more: Mateja Dumbović received Alexander Chizhevsky Medal for Space Weather and Space Climate


Dr. Bojan Vršnak on the list of top 2% most cited scientists worldwide

Written by Jaša Čalogović Thursday, 18 February 2021 13:29

thumb Bojan Vrsnak most cited 2021Great news are coming from Standford University (California) where John Ioannidis and his associates recently released study that identified the top 2% of the world’s working scientists in regard to scientific citation. Among the around 160 000 most cited researchers worldwide in all scientific disciplines there are 47 scientists from Croatia (list is available here), 23 of them from University of Zagreb and, no more no less, our colleague Dr. Bojan Vršnak is also one of them.
The list of top 2% scientist worldwide was generated using Scopus database for period from 1996 to 2019 based on citations, h-index, co-authorship-adjusted hm-index, citations to papers in different authorship positions and a composite indicator. A list of the most impacting scientists in 2019. was published in the study as well.

Mateja Dumbović won also the SCOSTEP young scientist award

Written by Jaša Čalogović Thursday, 19 November 2020 16:00

thumb Mateja scostep award 2020Dr. sc. Mateja Dumbović is also the winner of yet another international award - SCOSTEP 2020 distinguished young scientist award for efforts and achievements in Solar-Terrestrial Physics. SCOSTEP is a thematic body of the International Science Council (ISC) that runs international interdisciplinary scientific programs and promotes Solar-Terrestrial Physics research by providing the necessary scientific framework for international collaboration. Since 2013, SCOSTEP recognizes the efforts and achievements in with three biennial awards. These awards recognize the societal importance of studies in the field of Solar-Terrestrial Physics and give credit to scientists who contribute significantly to these studies and to SCOSTEP activities.

Mateja Dumbović received the prestigious EGU award

Written by Jaša Čalogović Thursday, 22 October 2020 14:28

thumb Mateja EGU award 2021Dr. sc. Mateja Dumbović from the Hvar Observatory is the winner of the annual Arne Richter Award for 2021, awarded by the European Geosciences Union (EGU) to selected scientists at an early stage of their careers. She is awarded for scientific contributions in the field of solar physics and space weather. EGU is the leading science organization for the Earth, planets and space research in Europe, which brings together over 20 000 members worldwide, who are professionally engaged or associated with geosciences, including students and retired seniors. EGU with its program of awards and medals gives each year a tribute to prominent scientists for their outstanding research contribution in the exploration of the Earth, the planets, and the universe, recognizing the award-winning scientists as the inspiration for the next generation of geoscientists.

Comet NEOWISE pictured above Zagreb

Written by Jaša Čalogović Sunday, 12 July 2020 00:27

thumb Neowise comet 07 2020NEOWISE comet (C/2020 F3) is currently one of the most spectacular objects on the night sky. It was discovered on 27th March 2020 by NEOWISE space telescope and it reached its perihelion (closest point to the Sun, 0.29 AU) on 3rd July. Its closest approach to the Earth will be on 23rd July at a distance of 0.69 AU. Ivica Skokic from Hvar Observatory made a beautiful photo of a comet NEOWISE from small town Samobor near Zagreb on 10th July which we publish here.

XVIIth Hvar Astrophysical Colloquium is cancelled

Written by Jaša Čalogović Tuesday, 14 April 2020 18:56

thumb XVII HAC canceled 2020Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic situation and accompanying social and economic disruptions, LOC and SOC decided to cancel for year 2020 XVIIth Hvar Astrophysical Colloquium - The Sun and Heliosphere (21 - 25 September 2020) in Hvar, Croatia. Further information about a possible new date will be given in June 2020. Thank you for your understanding and stay safe!

Hvar Observatory also hit by earthquake in Zagreb

Written by Jaša Čalogović Wednesday, 25 March 2020 11:40

Earthquake Zagreb & OH 2020Beside the recent coronavirus pandemic issues and restrictions that were introduced also in Croatia by the mid of March, on 22nd March 2020 at 6:25 AM Zagreb was hit by powerful 5.5 magnitude earthquake with epicentre close to Zagreb city centre. This was the strongest earthquake in Zagreb in the last 140 years and caused severe damage in historical city centre. The Faculty of Geodesy building where Hvar Observatory offices are situated was also impacted. Few pictures after the Zagreb earthquake are available here.

Read more: Hvar Observatory also hit by earthquake in Zagreb


European Researchers' Night

Written by Mateja Dumbovic Monday, 30 September 2019 13:21

space cadetsThe European Researchers' Night was held in Zagreb on Friday 27.09.2019., organized by the Croatian Science Foundation (HRZZ) where the Hvar Observatory of the Faculty of Geodesy, University of Zagreb also participated.

European Researchers' Night is an initiative implemented throughout Europe with the financial support of the European Commission (under the EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation - Horizon 2020). The aim of the initiative is to popularize science, to bring science and the work of scientists closer to the public, to encourage young people to enter into research careers and to inform the general public about European and national policies in the field of science. In Croatia, the European Researchers' Night has been held at several locations in four Croatian cities: Zagreb, Split, Rijeka and Osijek. Part of the European Researchers' Night 2019 program, organized by the Croatian Science Foundation, took place in the Zagreb Grič Tunnel, where the pupils of Zagreb elementary schools presented the results of workshops that they made together with Croatian scientists during June and September.

Dr. Sc. Mateja Dumbović from the Hvar Observatory took a part in the workshops with the students of Prečko Elementary School and prepared a play with the topic "Space forecasters", that was performed several times in the Grič tunnel and on the European Square stage. As part of a stand in the Grič Tunnel, visitors were also able to learn directly from group of young space forecasters or "Prečko space cadets" about Sun storms, were able to assemble a Sun puzzle or a satellite and win for a reward posters of the Sun and space.

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