Highland Road Park Observatory


Last Saturday of each Month from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
(unless otherwise noted)

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 12:30 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. [Learning Technologies Sunspotter]
  • 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm - safely-filtered optical light sent through standard telescope // This option allows patrons to spy sunspots both small and large. [Orion 10" Skyquest Dobsonian Reflector]
  • 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm - hydrogen-alpha light // Flares and prominences are seen easily in this wavelength. [Coronado Solar Max II 90mm]

If the first few weeks of the year are any indication, 2016 promises a wealth of visual delights!

The Saturdays in 2016 for solar viewing are…

30 January
27 February
26 March
Solar☉ viewing in April will take place during NanoDays.
Solar☉ viewing in May will take place during International Astronomy Day.
Solar☉ viewing in June will take place during A.R.R.L. Field Day.
30 July
27 August
24 September
22 October
26 November
10 December [on second Saturday due to holidays]

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 03:24 PM.