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August 18, 2017

DKIST is located on summit of Haleakalā on Maui, Hawaii

The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) is under construction on the summit of Haleakalā on Maui, Hawaii. The site was chosen out of a world-wide search due to the exceptional "coronal sky." Since DKIST will be observing the sun’s corona, or outer atmosphere, the sky above the telescope needs to be as free of dust, aerosols and pollutants as possible. The isolated islands of Hawaii provide optimal conditions for clear, coronal skies. DKIST is funded by the National Science Foundation and operated by the National Solar Observatory. (Date image taken: 2017; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: July 12, 2017)


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