Inouye Solar Telescope News

The Inouye Solar Telescope, named after the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye, is a cutting-edge solar observatory located at the summit of Haleakalā on Maui, Hawaii. It is the world’s largest solar telescope, designed specifically to study the Sun. Operational since 2020, the telescope’s main objective is to provide detailed imaging of the solar surface, enabling scientists to study solar phenomena such as sunspots, solar flares, and coronal mass ejections in unprecedented detail. This telescope is equipped with advanced adaptive optics and a 4-meter primary mirror, which allow it to capture images of the Sun’s surface with remarkable clarity and resolution. The insights gained from the Inouye Solar Telescope are crucial for understanding the Sun’s influence on Earth and for improving forecasts of solar weather, which can affect satellite communications and power grids on Earth.