Mauna Loa Solar Observatory - MLSO

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!

Transit of Venus

On June 5th, MLSO observed the last transit of Venus in our lifetimes! Visit our transit page to view movies taken during the event.

Mk4 Composites

ChroMag Optics Testing

The Chromospheric and Prominence Magnetometer (ChroMag) prototype optics under test on a lab bench at HAO. Monochromatic green light is being passed through 88mm of calcite. This is the thickest stage in ChroMag. The fringes are used to test the alignment of the optical elements and the crystal axes. ChroMag is one of the planned suite of three instruments of HAO’s Coronal Magnetism Solar Observatory (COSMO), and will be used for solar physics research and space weather applications.

Coronado SolarMax H-alpha Imager

This will be the Coronado instrument page.

COMING SOON!

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