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MLSO Users' Committee

The Mauna Loa Solar Observatory (MLSO) is a facility of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and is operated by the High Altitude Observatory (HAO). It provides observations of the solar photosphere, chromosphere and corona in order to understand the Sun’s continuous release of plasma and energy into interplanetary space and the impacts at Earth. HAO is committed to providing the community with critically important, high-quality solar observations.

Mark Rast

Mark Rast has been an HAO affiliate scientist since 2006. He was an ASP postdoc from 1993 to 1995, and an HAO scientist from 1998 to 2005.

Sunrise II Pre-launch Update

Sunrise II Gondola Photograph

On June 8, 2009 the Sunrise balloon-borne telescope was successfully launched from the Esrange Space Center in Kiruna, Sweden aboard the HAO-developed gondola.

HAO–Community Matters

Community Matters Survey

HAO recently asked its community for input in the form of a two-minute survey. As a National Center serving the solar and space physics community, we need to understand if we are having the desired impact on our community.

HAO Astrophysicist, Philip Judge Captures Operatic Dreams

Phil performing as the Duke of Verona

Phil is a Senior Scientist in the High Altitude Observatory (HAO) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). His research interests include plasma physics, spectroscopy and spectro-polarimetry.

HAO Colloquium Series presents Mary Hudson, Dartmouth College

Photograph of Mary Hudson

Modeling the radiation belt electron response to CME-driven storms: the first 9 months of the Van Allen Probes

Recent geomagnetic storms at solar maximum have produced dynamic variations in outer zone radiation belt electron flux measured in detail by the Van Allen Probe twin spacecraft,

The Eclipse Megamovie Project

Eclipse team in Palm Cove, Queensland

A team, of HAO scientists and other collaborators that included Joan Burkepile, Scott McIntosh, Paul Cally, and Lucia Kleint, met in Palm Cove, Queensland to witness the first total solar eclipse over Australia since 4 December 2002.

NASA Selects GOLD and ICON Missions

NASA Selects GOLD and ICON Missions

NASA has selected two new satellite missions to be built as part of the Heliophysics Explorer Program. The projects will provide space observations to study Earth's ionosphere and thermosphere, and will launch in 2017.

2013 Synoptic Network

Purpose: The workshop is being held to discuss and gather community input on science requirements, capabilities and instrumentation for a next-generation synoptic network of solar observing instruments.

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