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Image of Hydrogen-α solar spectroheliogram
February 8, 2019

Terrestrial and space weather storm scales have a common shortcoming: The scales end at “5.” Nature of course doesn’t know this and sometimes produces a disturbance that is simply off the charts.

Image depicting a solar flare or cme
January 14, 2019

A team of scientists has, for the first time, used a single, cohesive computer model to simulate the entire life cycle of a solar flare. The comprehensive new simulation captures the formation of a solar flare in a more realistic way than previous efforts, and it includes the spectrum of light emissions known to be associated with flares.

Publication Highlights

Graph of raw counts are plotted against wavelength in air for spectral lines
February 1, 2019

We study visible and infrared spectra, from 310 nm to 5 microns, obtained during the 21st August 2017 eclipse. The instruments were situated at Camp Wyoba (altitude 2402 m) on Casper Mountain, WY.

Graph depicting Meridional and Zonal Winds
January 28, 2019

Using Fabry-Perot interferometers (FPI) at five mid-latitude stations (Boulder, Palmer, Millstone Hill, Mt. John, and Kelan) in both hemispheres, we examine the inter-hemispheric and seasonal variations of mid-latitude thermospheric dynamics.

Graph showing volumetric Joule heating rates
December 19, 2018

The effect of electromagnetic variability on ionosphere-thermosphere heating in the low-altitude geomagnetic cusp is examined.

MLSO Latest Images

CoMP Coronal Intensity

The COronal Multi-channel Polarimeter (CoMP) observes the Fe-XIII emission line at 1074.7 nm to measure the coronal magnetic field and obtain plasma density and motion in the low corona from ~1.03 to 1.5 solar radii.


K-Cor White Light Corona

Designed to study the formation and dynamics of coronal mass ejections and the evolution of the density structure of the low corona, K-Cor records the polarization brightness (pB).


K-Cor (radially graded filter)

K-Cor image with a normalized radially graded filter (nrgf) to maximize image contrast, especially in the outer field.

These data are ideal for measuring positions of coronal structures such as CMEs and helmet streamers.

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