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February 5, 2016

Each year HAO presents a number of staff awards for exceptional accomplishments. For the year 2015 Scott McIntosh had the honor of presenting three such awards.

Portrait of Bidya Binay Karak
February 4, 2016

With the new year, you will see a new face at HAO. Please extend a warm welcome to the newest member of our postdoc crew, Bidya Binay Karak.

MLSO dome replacement
January 5, 2016

After 50 years of operation, the Mauna Loa Solar Observatory received a major facelift this week. A new dome has been installed at the site. The old dome was removed Tuesday morning, January 5th, and the new dome was installed before the end of the same day.

Latest Research Highlights

Real Sun magnetic simulation
Friday, March 25, 2016

A paper was published today in Science by a team from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Chiba University in Japan, and the University of Tokyo. It is titled "Large-scale magnetic fields at high Reynolds numbers in magnetohydrodynamic simulations."

3D views of iso-surfaces
Monday, February 22, 2016

Fan and Fang's recent publication shows significant advances in global-scale fully dynamic 3D convective dynamo simulations of the solar convective envelope. These simulations demonstrate the role magnetic field plays in the self-consistent maintenance of the solar differential rotation.

HD30495 Figure 1
Thursday, December 3, 2015

What might happen to the well-known 11-year solar cycle if the Sun were spun up to rotate more than two times faster? To investigate such questions of the dependence of the Sun's internal dynamo on parameters such as rotation we must look to other stars with different physical conditions.

MLSO Latest Images

H-alpha Disk and Limb

Currently, H-alpha images are obtained by the GONG network, operated by the National Solar Observatory .

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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).

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K-Cor (radially graded filter)

K-Cor image with filter applied to maximize image contrast, especially in the outer field.