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Welcome to the Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research

The Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO) located in Big Bear Lake, California, high in the San Bernardino Mountains. The mountain lake is characterized by sustained atmospheric stability, which is essential for our primary interests of measuring and understanding solar complex phenomena utilizing our dedicated telescopes and instruments. BBSO is operated by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Our principal telescope is the 1.6 m clear aperture, off-axis telescope, the NST, which is in its commissioning phase. Under a separate dome we operate two full-disk telescopes - one for Hα and one for earthshine. The Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research (CSTR) at NJIT studies a range of phenomena from the Sun to the terrestrial atmosphere. The small dome to the left houses the Earthshine and Hα full-disk telescopes.

Webmaster: oertel@njit.edu

Last updated: 9/11/2013