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Graphic depicting the PUNCH mission (Image: SwRI)
October 28, 2019

NASA's recently-funded Small-Explorer (SMEX) mission, PUNCH (Polarimeter to UNify the Corona and Heliosphere), is targeted to launch in 2022. Sarah Gibson, interim director of the High Altitude Observatory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), is coordinating the mission’s innovative science efforts.

Photograph of Coronal Mass Ejections
August 1, 2019

Seeker, an American digital media network and content publisher, interviewed HAO's space scientist, Delores Knipp, in July 2019. The presentation is titled "How Earth's Magnetic Field Twists and Buckles During Solar Storms." Dr. Knipp uncovered a war mystery that is connected to a major solor storm event in July 1972.

MHD models to predict the magnetic structure of the corona at the time of the eclipse
June 28, 2019

Following its long history of solar eclipse field expeditions, the High Altitude Observatory currently has a team deployed in Cerro Tololo, Chile to conduct solar physics research. On July 2, a total solar eclipse will be visible in South America, fortuitously passing over the NSF's Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory.

MLSO News

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Determining the state of the corona prior to coronal mass ejections (CMEs) is crucial to understanding and ultimately predicting solar eruptions.

July 20, 2016

The Sun Today is a single-page website dedicated to displaying the most recent movies from MLSO and other solar instruments. It is designed to display best on an HD display, but will scale properly for mobile devices. Set it as your home page and learn more about...The Sun Today!

December 22, 2014

The Solar Maximum Mission (SMM) satellite was launched in 1980 aboard a NASA Delta rocket. Among SMM's primary science objectives was the study of the dynamics of solar flares and the study of solar magnetic fields associated with the flare phenomenon.

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