Highland Road Park Observatory


Last Saturday of each Month from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Free and for all ages.

The hobby of astronomy immediately brings to mind thoughts of darkened backyards and dimly-lit nighttime activities at HRPO. For years, however, patrons have also been given the additional option of visiting during daylight hours to see our parent star.

Weather permitting, HRPO staff offers three views of the Sun…

  • 12:00 pm to 12:15 pm - indirect projection onto white viewing surface // Patrons get a sense of the speed of Earth’s rotation as they see the Sun’s image slide on or off the projection device.
  • 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm - safely-filtered optical light sent through standard telescope // This option allows patrons to spy sunspots both small and large.
  • 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm - hydrogen-alpha light // Flares and prominences are seen easily in this wavelength.

Although activity from Solar Cycle 24 was probably at its highest in 2014, all of 2015 promises a wealth of visual delights!

The Saturdays in 2015 for solar viewing are…

31 January
28 February
Solar viewing in March will take place during NanoDays.
Solar viewing in April will take place during International Astronomy Day.
30 May
Solar viewing in June will take place during A.R.R.L. Field Day.
25 July
29 August
26 September
31 October
28 November
12 December [on second Saturday due to holidays]

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, February 27, 2015 11:39:08 AM.