GONG 2008/SOHO XXI

Solar-stellar dynamos as revealed by helio- and asteroseismology

August 11-15, 2008 - Boulder, Colorado


About Boulder

Boulder, Colorado is nestled on the 40th parallel (Baseline Rd.) under the abrupt eastern boundary of the Rocky Mountains. It is home of the University of Colorado, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). It hosts a major laboratory and research facility for the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), under the U.S. Department of Commerce. The High Altitude Observatory (HAO) of NCAR was born actually before NCAR. Our conference facilities share the building with the current HAO offices at 3080 Center Green in Boulder, while the observing facilities of HAO are now located and operated on the slope of Mauna Loa, on the Island of Hawaii. Boulder hosts an impressive array of world-class institutes and corporations where solar research takes place, including the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA) and the Laboratory for Astrophysics and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado, the Space Environment Center at NOAA, the SouthWest Research Institute, and the CoRA Division of NorthWest Research Associates, to name a few.

Travel to and from Denver International Airport (DIA) to Boulder

DIA is approximately 36 miles from Boulder and is generally an expensive taxi ride. The best method is to take the Boulder Super Shuttle For more information on this and other travel options go to: NCAR FLYER . If you are renting a car and driving from the airport, a good way of getting to Boulder while avoiding traffic is to take the NorthWest Parkway toll road . There are a total of 3 tolls of $2 each to get to Hwy 36 which brings you into Boulder. The other way to get here from the airport is to take Pena blvd to 70 W, then take 270 N to Hwy 36. In either of these cases it would be wise to supply yourself with a map and instructions from the car rental company. For information about how to get around town on the local bus system click here .

Boulder's topography, between the Rocky Mountains of western Colorado and the great plains of eastern Colorado, is spectacular. The Rocky-Mountain foothills just above Boulder are composed of huge tilted slabs of granite that are called the Flatirons. A major landmark in Boulder is Chautaqua, which was part of the Chataqua movement in the late 1800s as well as a scenic hub of hiking trails into the Flatirons, Rocky Mountains and beyond. Boulder can be warm to hot in August with temperatures averaging 87 F in the day, while cooling down to 56 F late in the evening. Thundershowers in the late afternoon are typical. For more information on Boulder climate click here or here . For more on current weather try: 5-15 day forecast or NOAA 7 day forecast .

Boulder has a broad array of cultural connections and restaurants from all over the world. In particular, Boulder's sister city, Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, gifted Boulder with the beautiful Dushanbe Tea House , in 1987. We highly recommend a visit even if you do not eat there. You can arrange for high tea there in the afternoons as long as you give them 24 hour notice. For more info on Boulder restaurants click here or here . For Denver restaurants click here or here .

The city of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks has 130 miles of hiking trails. There is also a network of multiuse paths throughout the city that follow creeks and pass through wetlands (away from traffic) where one can stroll, run, bike, rollerskate, etc. (We will be handing out pocket-size maps of these trail systems at the meeting, or you can download a map from here). There are a great many bike stores, running stores, and outdoor outfitting stores, since Boulder is a gateway city to the Rocky Mountains and many world class athletes train here all year round. If you prefer sailing or swimming the Boulder Reservoir has facilities for both.

For a calendar of events and links to what will be happening in Boulder during the time of your visit go to this link. Some of the events are:

  • The 10th Annual Aerial Dance Festival Aug. 3 - 16
  • The Colorado Shakespeare Festival Jun. 14 - Aug. 16
  • The Boulder International Fringe Festival Aug. 14 - Aug. 25
  • The Colorado Chautauqua 2008 Summer Series May 12 - Sep. 20 (Chris Isaak will be playing there Aug. 8th,
  • Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet will have a world premiere there Aug. 16th and
  • Bruce Hornsby will be there Aug. 20th go to, click on "Programming", and then on "Music & More" for links to buy tickets and more info).

For Boulder attractions in general go to this link or browse through their entire website for interesting things to do. For the beer fans there are a large number of microbreweries in the Boulder-Denver area (several are listed in the Boulder attractions link above).

There are a number of concerts at the famous outdoor amphitheater at Red Rocks (about an hour or so from Boulder):

  • James Taylor Wed 8/6/2008 8:00
  • George Thorogood & The Destroyers Saturday 8/9/2008 7:30 PM
  • Yes Monday 8/11/2008 8:00 PM, Jethro Tull
  • Tuesday 8/12/2008 7:00 PM
  • Slightly Stoopid Friday 8/15/2008 6:30 pm
  • Reggae On the Rocks Saturday 8/16/2008 2:00 PM
  • Jack Johnson Sunday 8/17/2008 7:00 PM
  • Prairie Home Companion Wednesday 8/20/2008
For more information on who else is playing before or after these dates and to get tickets go to this link. For info about entertainment in Denver you can check out this link or for a more comprehensive list of attractions and entertainment go to here. I haven't yet found any classical music events taking place near the time of the meeting since The Denver Symphony is off that month and the Colorado Music Festival at Chautauqua is over by then as well. This page will be updated before registration is concluded. Remember that the Democratic National Convention is being held in Denver at the end of August and people will likely be coming in from all over. So, if you are planning on extending your stay for work or vacation after the meeting, you may want to get your reservations a little earlier than usual. We have arranged for a group trip to the Celestial Seasoning's Tea Factory and tasting center for Wednesday afternoon.

-Courtesy: Deborah Haber


Last Updated by Mausumi Dikpati on 07/17/08