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MLSO Facility gets a new dome!

MLSO dome replacement

After 50 years of operation, the Mauna Loa Solar Observatory received a major facelift this week. A new dome has been installed at the site. The old dome was removed Tuesday morning, January 5th, and the new dome was installed before the end of the same day.

The MLSO Website has a new Gallery Page!

The Mauna Loa Solar Observatory website has a newly revamped Gallery Page to highlight interesting solar events caught by MLSO instrumentation. Each new entry will include a downloadable animated GIF file suitable for insertion into presentation slides!

MLSO Special Observing Campaigns

HAO encourages special observation requests to maximize scientific discovery for the solar and heliospheric community. Visit MLSO's new Special Observing Campaign page to learn more about past observations and how to apply for instrument time for your own scientific needs.

Funding Approved for New Coronagraph

NCAR/ESSL has approved funding for a new coronagraph to replace the aging Mk4 instrument. Keep track of this exciting development on our New Coronagraph page. The Mk4 is still offline while a new camera is being installed and tested. Thank you for your patience.

PICS Narrow-band Limb Images

The PICS instrument is now serving images of the limb taken with a narrow-band H-alpha filter. The new data replaces the broad-band images in the MLSO data portal, and its first date of appearance was May 5th, 2009. The animation to the left shows narrow-band limb images of prominence activity occurring at approximately 21:08 UT on May 8th, 2009.

CoMP is being deployed

The Coronal Multichannel Polarimeter (CoMP) is being deployed this week!. To make room for this exciting new instrument, PICS had to be decommissioned (see our "PICS Removal Team" to the left) and CHIP had to be moved to another location on the spar. In PICS' place, a Coronado SolarMax60 telescope will be providing Halpha images. Look for upcoming changes to our homepage as these new instruments come online.

New Dome at NCAR's Mesa Lab

The High Altitude Observatory and the COSMO K-coronagraph project have funded a new solar dome at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Mesa Lab. The new dome is the same size (16.5 feet diameter) as the large dome at MLSO and will house the HAO solar-pointed spar, which is a duplicate of the MLSO spar. This new facility will be used to test and calibrate the COSMO K-coronagraph before it is deployed to MLSO in early 2013.

CoMP Data Now Available

Coronal Multichannel Polarimeter (CoMP) data are now available from the MLSO data calendar. Expect the number of days with processed data to increase in the coming weeks, so check back often!

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