Staring at the Sun Since 1947

SUNSPOT SOLAR OBSERVATORY TEMPORARILY CLOSED

On Thursday September 6th, AURA made the decision to temporarily close Sunspot. The Sunspot Solar Observatory continues to work closely with AURA in order to allow for us to reopen as soon as possible. With the excitement this closure has generated, we hope you will come and visit us when we do reopen, and see for yourself the services we provide for science and public outreach in heliophysics. If you have any questions about the science we perform at the telescope, or about the outreach we provide through our Visitors Center, please contact our Director, Dr McAteer (mcateer@nmsu.edu). 

 
  Located in the heart of the scenic Lincoln National Forest, Sunspot Solar Observatory has been a premier facility for solar research since its establishment in 1947. The Dunn Solar Telescope (above), built in 1969, remains to date one of the best ground-based solar observatories in the world.

Located in the heart of the scenic Lincoln National Forest, Sunspot Solar Observatory has been a premier facility for solar research since its establishment in 1947. The Dunn Solar Telescope (above), built in 1969, remains to date one of the best ground-based solar observatories in the world.

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Located at an altitude of 9200 ft in the scenic Lincoln National Forest, Sunspot Solar Observatory is home to gorgeous vistas, historical landmarks, and one of the largest active solar telescopes in the world. 

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About Us

Learn about the history surrounding the observatory, its establishment in 1947, the various historic telescopes on the site, the community of Sunspot, and the future of the site as we move forward into the future.

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Research at Sunspot

Learn about the unique,  state-of-the-art instruments we use to study the Sun, contributed by universities all around the world. Our unique telescope design allows for a high degree of flexibility in our instrumental use and setup. 

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