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Since the dawn of the Space Age in the 1950s, solar maxima have coincided with strong upticks in sunspot activity but the current cycle, Cycle 24, which was expected to peak in Spring of 2013, has been unusually quiet.
The Mauna Loa Solar Observatory (MLSO) K-coronameter (Mk4), was decommissioned on August 2, 2013, to be replaced by the new COSMO K-coronagraph.
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) announced this week that it is granting top honors to HAO senior scientist Ray Roble. Ray has been awarded the William Bowie Medal, AGU’s highest honor, for his pioneering research into Earth’s upper atmosphere.