HAO is celebrating Spiro Antiochos, a pioneer in solar physics whom developed transformative theories that have led to many breakthroughs in fundamental processes in the solar atmosphere. This event will convene from Thursday, February 29 to Friday, March 1, 2024 at our CG1 auditorium. Even if you don't know Spiro, there will be lots of great presentations on important solar physics topics and opportunities to interact with external scientists and students.
HAO hosted a booth at the 2023 National Society for Black Physicists meeting in Knoxville, TN. This was a great opportunity for students Marcel Corchado-Albelo and Chandler Jenkins and postdoc Kinfe Teweldebirhan Gebreegzabihar to reach out to the community on behalf of HAO and NCAR. We are grateful for the tremendous support we got from NASA PUNCH Outreach who provided a kit of their engaging tabletop activities (along with a helpful training!).
On 14 October 2023, a captivating annular eclipse graced the skies from Oregon to Texas in the U.S. It was a privilege to not only witness this celestial spectacle but also engage with a curious audience that included a team of solar physicists from both the High Altitude Observatory at NCAR and the National Solar Observatory. Visiting students and/or voluntary collaborators were also among the spectators.
Breno Raphaldini, Mausumi Dikpati, and Scott W. McIntosh are highlighted in the HMI Science Nuggets. Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) magnetic field synoptic maps are used to evaluate the magnetic field structures’ organization and propagation as a function of time and latitude. It is demonstrated that the organization of longitudinal structures observed on synoptic maps is proportional to the level of activity at given latitudes.
HAO director Holly Gilbert comments: "There was great energy around the UCoMP Users Workshop last week, with many visitors coming from around the world to participate. Thanks to those who made it a success, including many early career folks!" The first-ever UCoMP Data User’s Workshop was held the week of August 29 and was a great success. The purpose was to introduce UCoMP to the community and to organize working groups to collaborate on UCoMP first results to be published in a topical issue of Solar Physics.
The upcoming solar eclipses and excitement of COSMO development have us so giddy that we broke into song (literally). We invite you to watch the result!
The research article “Atmospheric and Ionospheric Responses to Hunga-Tonga Volcano Eruption Simulated by WACCM-X”, was selected for featuring as an Editor’s Highlight on Eos.org. Fewer than 2 per cent of papers are selected to be featured in this way.
As part of HAO's DEI initiative, we recently sponsored nine 4th & 5th grade girls (and 1 boy) and 8 parents from Port Towns Elementary School in Bladensburg, MD, a predominantly low-income area near Washington, DC, to travel to Boulder and participate in the KidWind Challenge at CU. They had won the regional competition, which qualified them for a chance to compete here with their wind turbine.
The first scientific paper using data from the Visible SpectroPolarimeter (ViSP) has been published. The Inouye Solar Telescope's ViSP reveals new insight into the magnetic properties of waves and shocks as observed as "umbral flashes" within a small sunspot.
ViSP was developed at HAO and this publication is co-authored by HAO scientists Roberto Casini, Alfred de Wijn, and Philip Judge.