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News Release 17-072

Primary mirror delivered to Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope

Mirror for world's largest solar telescope is polished to the scale of single molecules

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The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope, on the 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 sunís 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.

Credit: NSO/AURA/NSF


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