June Stargazing – Midday Solar Observing
In the summer, twilight extends far in the late hours of the evening and so night sky observing isn’t too practical. Therefore over the summer months at the Great Notley Discovery Centre & Country Park, we switch over to looking at the Sun at midday. The first of these solar observing events is on Saturday 23rd June.We’ll bring along a range of solar telescopes for you to look through and safety observe the Sun.
Out nearest star, the Sun is a dynamic and highly active object to observe through a telescope. If the skies are clear, you may be able to see not only the disc of the Sun but also features like sunspots, solar prominances and filaments.
Important – Never, ever look at the Sun directly, especially through any optical instrument. We’ll be using special equipment and filters that make it safe to view the Sun. Please don’t try it at home unless you know what you’re doing. (If in doubt, seek expert advice first!)
We’ll also be able to give advice about telescopes and answer your astronomy questions. Everyone is welcome to come along and view through the telescopes. The event is free of charge, although there is a site parking fee. Details of how to find the site are on our Stargazing page here.
Please be aware that we are dependent on clear weather. If it is cloudy you obviously may not get to see anything! We will still be on site in case you have any questions or just wish to see the telescopes. Bear in mind if it’s really tipping it down with rain we most likely won’t be there! (so please use some common sense before setting out if it is raining.)
Posted on 20 June, 2012, in Astronomy News, Popular Science, Society News, Stargazing and tagged braintree, essex, notley, solar, stargazing, sun. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on June Stargazing – Midday Solar Observing.