Sunspot Solar Observatory

Located on Sacramento Peak in Sunspot, New Mexico, the Observatory is home to many important scientific discoveries, unique solar observing facilities, and breathtaking views. As part of the Lincoln National Forest, Sunspot Solar Observatory features not only solar telescopes of the past and present but also a diverse collection of native plants and wildlife, including mule deer and over 200 species of birds. It's no wonder why the U.S. Air Force chose this location to begin construction of the Observatory in the late 1940s (then known as Sacramento Peak Observatory). From the Grain Bin Dome to the Richard B. Dunn Solar Telescope, the Observatory continues to help astronomers study our nearest star. The Obsersvatory's committment to solar science leadership and public education make Sunspot Solar Obeservatory an exemplar of scientific excellence. 

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