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 in the High Altitude Observatory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research specializing in observations of mesospheric and thermospheric winds.

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).

Geomagnetic detection of the sectorial solar magnetic field and the historical peculiarity of minimum 23–24

Stackplot of solar-terrestrial data image
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Recent work on historical recurrent geomagnetic activity and the peculiarity of the recent solar-cycle minimum, was chosen by the editors of AGU journals for special highlight.

Improving Solar Dynamo Modeling

Kalman filtering image
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Approximating a model’s “true” state by applying Kalman filtering to solar cycles, a technique first developed in the 1950s and 1960s to help Apollo 11 settle safely on the Moon.

Mauna Loa Solar Observatory

The Mauna Loa Solar Observatory (MLSO) has been operating since the mid-1960s, providing a nearly-continuous record of solar data to the community. MLSO data includes white light corona, emission corona, H-alpha (disk and limb), He-I, and photometric.


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