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HAO Senior Scientist Philip Judge spent three weeks at China's Fudan University in October 2015. As an official Visiting Researcher, Philip worked with his host Roger Hutton, and recent graduate Wenxian Li, on magnetically sensitive emission lines formed in the solar corona.
In summer of 2015, a team of scientists and engineers from the High Altitude Observatory successfully completed a Critical Design Review (CDR) for the Visible Spectro-Polarimeter (ViSP).
On 21 August 2017 a total solar eclipse will pass across the continental United States, from Oregon on the west coast to South Carolina on the east. The eclipse will be a phenomenal experience for the millions of people who see it, but it also offers a unique opportunity to conduct scientific research of the solar atmosphere.
Recently, scientists at NCAR's High Altitude Observatory—using a 3-D computer model—may have uncovered an important clue. Their model, which they hoped would simply mimic the Sun's mysterious 11-year solar cycle, spontaneously plunged into its own grand minimum.
Scott McIntosh details the Sun's seasonal weather patterns and demonstrates how understanding the formation, interaction and instability of the Sun's activity bands will considerably improve forecast capability in space weather and solar activity over a range of timescales.
Recent work on historical recurrent geomagnetic activity and the peculiarity of the recent solar-cycle minimum, was chosen by the editors of AGU journals for special highlight.