To study the fundamentals of solar science, one needs the right tools. NSF sponsors the National Solar Observatory (NSO), which operates some of the world's preeminent solar telescopes. In early 2020, solar physicists will take their research to the next level when the world's biggest, most powerful solar telescope goes online: NSF's Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) in Maui, Hawaii.
Additionally, NSF supports the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and its High-Altitude Observatory, which gathers data specifically to improve our understanding of the connection between our nearest star and the highest reaches of our Earth's atmosphere
- Senator Daniel Inouye Remembered in Telescope Naming Ceremony NSF News Release, December 16, 2013)
- Solar Telescope Reaches 120,000 Feet on Jumbo Jet-Sized Balloon (NSF News Release, October 24, 2007
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