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Oscillation between differential rotation kinetic energy (solid red curve) and perturbation Rossby waves kinetic energy (red dashed curve)
November 15, 2017

It is widely known that the Sun has 'spots'--dark areas on its surface that are well known to contain strong magnetic fields, much stronger than the Earth's field. The number of spots seen on the Sun waxes and wanes with a period of roughly eleven years, the 'solar cycle'.

(Right to left) FLIR camera, PolarCam, and Avantes flash spectra
October 31, 2017

HAO scientists observed the August 21st total eclipse with a suite of three instruments with financial assistance provided by NASA. The experiments were intended to learn about the magnetic and thermal structure of the solar corona with the goal of understanding how the Sun generates weather in space.

October 18, 2017

HAO members and collaborators convene at Casper Mountain, Wyoming to take advantage of the rare opportunity to observe and capture images of the sun's corona that is visible during totality, using specialized eclipse checking telescopes.

Joan Burkepile leading STEM hands-on workshop
August 31, 2017

For over a decade, Joan Burkepile has participated in the STEM conference for middle school girls called “Expanding Your Horizons,” at CU Boulder. These one-day hands-on workshops are led by women professionals and are designed to be fun and exploratory.

eBook
August 11, 2017

Magnetism defines the complex and dynamic solar corona. It determines the magnetic loop structure that dominates images of the corona, and stores the energy necessary to drive coronal eruptive phenomena and flare explosions.

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