Learmonth Solar Observatory (Australia)
Learmonth Solar Observatory in Australia (Image courtesy of the GONG Project, National Solar Observatory [funded by the National Science Foundation])
|Observatory Contributions |
- Provide information on the Sun's outer atmospheric layers.
- Study the physical processes operating on the Sun and their variability.
|How Will It Do This? |
- Provides, among other science products, a daily image of the Sun in Hydrogen alpha emissions.
- Signs of solar activity such as flares, plages and prominances are clearly visible in these images. They are used widely as a tool for the prediction of solar events that will affect the space environment around the Earth.
- One of the sites in the Global Oscillation Network Group (GONG) set up to observe the oscillations of the Sun using helioseismology.
|Observatory Description |
- Located at the Exmouth Gulf on the North West Cape of Australia at an elevation of only 10 m.
- Co-administered by the IPS Radio and Space Services, headquartered in
Sydney, Australia, and the U. S. Air Force.
- The station became operational in April 1995.