DKIST: Solar Physics in Service of Society

Friday, February 17, 2017

Philip Judge, Senior Scientist at HAO, Claire Raftery, Director of Education and Outreach at NSO HQ in Boulder, and Sarah Jaeggli, Assistant Astronomer at the NSO's Daniel K Inouye Solar Observatory in Maui were guests on KGNU public radio in Boulder, CO.

Phil Judge, Claire Raftery, Sarah Jaeggli image
From left to right: Phil Judge, Claire Raftery, and Sarah Jaeggli

In anticipation of the first observations with the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope, currently under construction on Haleakala on Maui, Jaeggli, Judge and Raftery discussed the science of solar ground observation starting with the history of solar physics from Galileo to the founding of the first coronal observatory at Climax, CO by Walt Roberts (HAO and future founder of NCAR). From “Space Weather” to controlled nuclear fusion research, coupled with new technology and training opportunities for young scientists, the DKIST, the first major ground-based facility for solar physics in over 5 decades, will be poised to make major contributions as it begins to collect “first light” in late 2019.


Follow this link to listen to the complete interview: