Observations

Bruce Lites

Bruce Lites, Senior Scientist Emeritus of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is a solar physicist and longtime scientist at NCAR’s High Altitude Observatory (HAO). He is is a specialist in analysis of spectroscopic measurements for interpretation of solar phenomena.

A handy, scalable web display of recent solar movies and helpful information

The Sun Today is a single-page website dedicated to displaying the most recent movies from MLSO and other solar instruments. It is designed to display best on an HD display, but will scale properly for mobile devices. Set it as your home page and learn more about...The Sun Today!

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Ben Berkey

Ben Berkey is an Associate Scientist at the High Altitude Observatory's Mauna Loa Solar Observatory on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The Sun, the Moon, and us: American eclipse of 2017

Scott McIntosh

Director Scott McIntosh gave a NCAR Explorer Series Lecture detailing the anticipated great American eclipse of 2017. This lecture was recorded live and is now available to watch!

Anna Malanushenko

Anna Malanushenko is a Project Scientist I in the High Altitude Observatory and the Advanced Study Program for the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Her primary research interests are in Solar Transients and Space Weather.

Meet Michael Peterson

Michael Peterson

Michael is a current post-doc with HAO since 2014 in a joint appointment with RAL.

Qian Wu

Dr. Qian Wu is a Project Scientist IV at the High Altitude Observatory at NCAR. He specializes in observations of mesospheric and thermospheric winds from balloon-borne, space-borne, and ground based Fabry-Perot interferometer (FPI) to study gravity waves and tides.

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.

Preparing for the 2017 total Eclipse

On 21 August 2017 a total solar eclipse will pass across the continental United States, from Oregon on the west coast to South Carolina on the east. The eclipse will be a phenomenal experience for the millions of people who see it, but it also offers a unique opportunity to conduct scientific research of the solar atmosphere.

Critical Design Review Completed!

DKIST, northside view

In summer of 2015, a team of scientists and engineers from the High Altitude Observatory successfully completed a Critical Design Review (CDR) for the Visible Spectro-Polarimeter (ViSP).

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