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NSF Approves Funding for COSMO Next Stage

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has received funding approval to survey prospective locations for the Coronal Solar Magnetism Observatory (COSMO).

Stan Solomon

Space Storms in the Upper Atmosphere and Ionosphere

Stan Solomon presented a NCAR Explorer Series lecture about how the aurora is formed and varies with the solar wind driver. In this public outreach lecture Stan delves into the physics and chemistry of the ionosphere.

Gang Lu

Congratulations to Gang Lu, elected fellow of the AGU

The High Altitude Observatory is proud to acknowledge Dr. Gang Lu for being among the 2020 class of AGU Fellows.

Holly Gilbert

Holly Gilbert, HAO's new Director

Astrophysicist Holly Gilbert has been selected to lead the High Altitude Observatory (HAO) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). 

Magnetic field of the Sun

Global Maps of the Magnetic Field in the Solar Corona

An international team led by solar physicists from Peking University, China and National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), USA, has recently measured the global magnetic field of the solar corona for the first time.

Joe Huba

HAO affiliate scientist, Dr. Joe Huba, published in a popular-science journal

Dr. Joe Huba is a Senior Research Scientist at Syntek Technologies in Virginia and a long-standing Affiliate Scientist at HAO. In a Scientia article, he explores the complex process of vast plasma bubbles forming in the upper atmosphere and quickly ascending into space.


Venus in the corona

A Rare Transit of Venus Across the Sun

The K-Cor coronagraph instrument at the Mauna Loa Solar Observatory on Hawai’i is used by a team of two scientists to record the rare transit of Venus across the Sun's corona. Sky & Telescope describes the movie captured by Alfred de Wijn (High Altitude Observatory, NCAR) and Gunther Können (Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute). 

Photograph of children at 2020 Little Shop of Physics with hands-on activities

HAO Outreach: 2020 Little Shop of Physics

High Altitude Observatory (HAO) staff was invited by UCAR Science Education to present “Space Weather” to the public at the Little Shop of Physics 29th Annual Open House at the Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

Solar Eclipse Team, Chile, 2019

Paul Bryans interviewed by Sun Superheroes

Paul Bryans tells Sun Superheroes that a solar eclipse is an opportunity to understand and study the Sun's magnetism.