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May 26, 2020

Welcome to HAO Declan! Declan is a new summer intern teleworking from Laramie, Wyoming. He is working with Steve Tomczyk on the Large Solar Coronagraph project. Declan is an Undergrad at the University of Wyoming majoring in Physics with a Math minor.

May 27, 2020

Stan has been busy with his camera again. He doesn't have to go very far; his backyard, in southwest Boulder, offers a large variety of spring visitors:

May 22, 2020

Mausumi has noticed a turtle that emerged from her backyard pond and appears to be laying eggs just below the deck. Her picture is a bit hazy, because in order not to disturb the turtle's progress, Mausumi took the picture from afar (zooming the camera).

May 20, 2020

Nick says: The Boulder Open Space has become a lot more crowded since the stay-at-home request. Getting outside on a regular basis is certainly good for our mental and physical health, but the increased usage of open space has made finding uncrowded trails more difficult.

May 19, 2020

Federico’s home-made arugula-zucchini pizza is a perfect companion for a rainy Spring day in Boulder or anytime for that matter. Yum!!

May 14, 2020

Andrew explains that he is testing the Chromospheric and Prominence Magnetometer (ChroMag) thermal control, at home, on an antique cherry table that he restored.

May 14, 2020

Mary relates: We are lucky to have our daughter and son-in-law Anna and Alan a short walk away in NoBo. We’re watching then build a greenhouse, looking forward to garden veggies, and already enjoying fresh eggs! All this and they both telework full time.

May 13, 2020

Wendy says: Look where I get to live. During this COVID quarantine, I've been trying to appreciate all the positives in my life...I still have a job and I work for a company that enables me to work from home; that's a huge benefit.

May 12, 2020

Whoopee! That's how we refer to the Whole Heliosphere and Planetary Interactions (WHPI) project.

May 8, 2020

Phil Judge hopes his newly published book, The Sun: A Very Short Introduction, will make a helpful contribution to outreach and education. The book is published by Oxford University Press.

May 7, 2020

Wendy says her cats have gotten very clingy in the weeks since teleworking has occurred. Once they are settled down I can usually get some work done, but sometimes they walk all over me and my workspace and that can be challenging.

May 6, 2020

Mike Wiltberger reports: "We had a grey and raining week here in DC packed full of Zoom meetings. Fortunately the Sun came out today and so Holly and I decided to bike up to Gravely Point and watch the fly over of the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels. They pilots did an amazing job flying.

May 5, 2020

Lisa Waters is one of the HAO observers at the Mauna Loa Solar Observatory who continue to work at the 11,200 foot site on the island of Hawaii, collecting important observations of the Sun for the heliophysics community. Under current Covid-19 conditions, only one HAO

May 1, 2020

The Kolinski household is hanging in there. I thought I would share some pics of my workmates. We have little Lily, who makes sure that I get up from my desk every ten minutes. We also have big Bosco, who makes sure I get up to get a snack once in a while.

May 1, 2020

The Mauna Loa Solar Observatory continues to observe the Sun [Ben Berkey blog]. Despite being a period of few sunspots (solar minimum), the sun is still intrinsically dynamic.

April 30, 2020

While living in Nederland, Ian is used to this frequent visitor. Even his cat Blaise seems blasé when it comes to moose. If you look closely at the moose's profile you may even recognize a very famous Japanese movie monster.

April 29, 2020

Mike repurposed his kitchen table into an outdoor office, with plenty of room to spread out and space for an extra monitor from HAO, but eating is relegated to the kitchen counter now.

April 28, 2020

The Mauna Loa observers continue to work on site, collecting solar observations for the community. They have been designated as essential personnel. Only one observer is allowed on site per day. They must sanitize the workplace upon arrival and again at the end of the day.

April 28, 2020

Alfred wasn’t working from home for a while, but after taking 2 weeks of paternity leave, he’s doing his best to work half time again.

April 24, 2020

Bruce says: I am spending these COVID-19 retirement days in splendid isolation here on our remote farm in Costa Rica—not much of a change from the pre-COVID life here!

April 23, 2020

Rebecca reports: As days fly by and each week blurs into the next we've had to develop a system to make this "telework" thing become something more than just "tele". My new office mates are very helpful.

April 22, 2020

Murong Qin (left,) who was an extended period HAO scientific visitor from 2017 to early 2019 working with Mary Hudson, successfully defended her PhD thesis Friday, April 10, and she has been awarded a NASA Jack Eddy Postdoc to work with Professor Wen Li at BU.

April 22, 2020

A great photo taken by Marla Meehl’s (NCAR/NETS) brother of a formation of Air Force Thunderbirds flying over the Mesa Lab on Saturday.

April 21, 2020

NCAR and UCAR news story features one of the Inouye Solar Telescope’s five instruments: the Visible Spectro-Polarimeter (ViSP) built by HAO.

April 18, 2020

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds will be conducting a flyby along the Front Range on Saturday, April 18th following the USAF Academy graduation ceremony.

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