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DKIST – Un-Covering the Micro-Physics of the Sun

28 Sep 2018, 11:07 UTC
DKIST – Un-Covering the Micro-Physics of the Sun
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Article written by: Gerry Doyle, resident Astronomer in Armagh Observatory and Planetarium

The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) is under construction on the summit of Haleakalā on Maui, Hawaii. Since DKIST will be observing the Sun’s corona, the sky above the telescope needs to be as free of dust, aerosols and pollutants. The isolated islands of Hawaii provide optimal conditions for clear, “coronal skies”. Armagh Observatory and Planetarium got involved in this project 3-4 years ago when via a special call from out funding department, we applied for and received £100k to assist in building the detectors for three of the instruments on DKIST. In collaboration with Queens we set-up a UK DKIST consortium who received funding from STFC. Coupled with funding from the various UK universities and Andor Technology we raised in excess of £4m, most of which goes into the N. Ireland economy. A beta-type detector has already been delivered to DKIST with the final detector due early next year. First light is early 2020.

Image Credit: DKIST and The Swedish Solar Telescope
Image Credit: DKIST and The Swedish Solar Telescope
Image Credit: DKIST and The Swedish Solar Telescope

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