National Solar Observatory celebrates relocation to Boulder, Colorado

May 25, 2016

The National Solar Observatory (NSO) has been at the forefront of ground-based solar astronomy for more than 60 years. The institution celebrates the relocation of its headquarters to Boulder, Colorado, from Tucson, Arizona, by hosting the American Astronomical Society’s Solar Physics Division annual meeting. This event brings together hundreds of solar scientists from around the world. The Solar Physics Division meeting will run from Tuesday, May 31st, to Friday, June 3rd, at the University of Colorado Memorial Center.

The move is motivated by NSO’s latest undertaking -- the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) -- the largest solar telescope in the world. Named in memory of the Hawaiian senator in honor of his commitment to scientific education and research, the telescope will be located on the Hawaiian island of Maui, on the mountain of Haleakala.

DKIST will revolutionize the future of solar-physics data. The telescope will be the largest, highest-resolution solar telescope in the world. In order to engage and educate future generations of solar physicists, NSO has moved its headquarters to a thriving university campus at the University of Colorado Boulder (CUB). The centralized location of Boulder will make the distribution of data across the US as seamless as possible. The data center and the majority of data processing will happen on-site at NSO headquarters.

“We are fortunate to be located in such a hub of solar-physics activity,” said NSO Director Dr. Valentín Martinez-Pillet. “This will enable NSO to educate future generations of ground-based solar scientists from across the country.”