Highland Road Park Observatory
Saturdays from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
8 February to 15 March
Free and for all ages.
Mid-January saw rather intense solar radiation storms, and more than a couple of radio blackouts. Large, monstrous sunspots paraded across the solar disk, and flares jutted out from the surface like ghostly fingers. Solar Cycle 24 has a second peak, and it’s more intense than the first!
To increase your chance of experiencing the action, once again HRPO adds more solar viewing sessions on Saturdays!
Weather permitting, HRPO will offer three views of the Sun…
- 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.
- safely-filtered optical light sent through standard telescope // This option allows patrons to spy sunspots both small and large.
- hydrogen-alpha light // Flares and prominences are seen easily in this wavelength.
Don’t forget to have a solar viewer set aside for purchase when you arrive.
About the Sun [Solar System Exploration]
Current Solar Activity [Space Weather Prediction Center]
“Safe Sunwatching” [Science @ NASA]
“Observing the Sun Yourself” [Stanford Solar Center]
Living with a Star [Goddard Space Flight Center]
Solar Dynamics Observatory [Goddard Space Flight Center]
Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, January 17, 2014 12:06:07 PM.