Solar observatory opens in Hawaii
NCARís High Altitude Observatory opened the Mauna Loa Solar Observatory (MLSO) in 1965.The observatory sits atop Hawaiiís Mauna Loa volcano at 11,250 feet (3,440 meters), one of the best places in the world for astronomical observing. MLSO contains a collection of instruments for monitoring the Sunís atmosphere and recording data on plasmic and energetic emissions from the solar chromosphere and corona. Researchers also conduct studies of solar storms (called coronal mass ejections) at the observatory. MLSO shares space with NOAA's Mauna Loa Observatory, an atmospheric research facility opened in 1956.