Cover of "Pathways to Discovery in Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 2020s"

Astro2020 calls out global coronal magnetic measurements as requiring investment

The recent Decadal Survey in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pathways to Discovery in Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 2020s, stated that "To fully address the survey’s science goals for solar and stellar astrophysics, very high-resolution observations in the restricted field-of-view of DKIST would need to be supplemented by global synoptic measurements."

Damon Burke and Steve Tomczyk of HAO, shown with the COSMO Phase I site survey equipment currently at the NCAR Marshall Field site just south of Boulder Colorado

COSMO Site and Design Advancement Updates

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has provided funding for the final design of the COSMO Large Coronagraph (LC). At 1.5 meter aperture, the LC will be the world’s largest refractive telescope, and will enable observations of the global coronal magnetic fields.

LC Dome

NSF Approves Funding for COSMO Next Stage

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has received funding approval to survey prospective locations for the Coronal Solar Magnetism Observatory (COSMO).