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Photograph of Allen Stueben with a Kuala Bear, Australia
April 23, 2019

Allen Stueben, Mauna Loa observer and Associate Scientist II, recently attended two FIRST Robotics Competitions in Sydney, Australia, as one of the mentors for the WHEA (West Hawaii Explorations Academy) Sharkbots FIRST Robotics Team (team #3881.) Both events were held at the Sydney Olympic Park Quaycentre.

Image of global tachocline fluid top surface deformations
February 25, 2019

Most people have heard about tsunamis in the Earth’s oceans. Those occur when large masses of water get violently moved at the ocean floor, as a result of earthquakes or volcanic eruptions.

Image of Hydrogen-α solar spectroheliogram
February 8, 2019

Terrestrial and space weather storm scales have a common shortcoming: The scales end at “5.” Nature of course doesn’t know this and sometimes produces a disturbance that is simply off the charts.

Image depicting a solar flare or cme
January 14, 2019

A team of scientists has, for the first time, used a single, cohesive computer model to simulate the entire life cycle of a solar flare. The comprehensive new simulation captures the formation of a solar flare in a more realistic way than previous efforts, and it includes the spectrum of light emissions known to be associated with flares.

Radio dish
October 11, 2018

On October 6th, the MLSO staff participated in AstroDay 2018, an educational outreach event coordinated by the Mauna Kea Observatories. 3,000 people attended. This was the second occurrence of this event, located in Kailua-Kona, on the west side of Hawaii Island.