July 2013 – Midday Solar Observing

In the summer months, twilight extends far in the late hours of the evening and so night sky observing isn’t too practical. Therefore we switch over to looking at the Sun and the second of these solar observing events is at the Great Notley Discovery Centre & Country Park this Saturday 13th July.

From midday until 3pm, we’ll bring along a range of solar telescopes for you to look through and safely 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 sunspots on the disc of the Sun as well as features like 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 do not try it at home unless you know what you are doing.

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.

Everyone is welcome to come along and view through our telescopes. Attendance is free of charge. Please park in the site’s public car park  which is just a short walk away (a small parking fee applies). Details of how to find the site are on our Stargazing page here.

We will be set up behind the Discovery Centre building, so just following the walkway round to find us. The park is also great for walking, with many lake trails and other activities, facilities for picnics and a cafe.

Please be aware that we are dependent on clear weather. If it is cloudy you obviously may not get to see anything! And if it’s really raining we will likely call off the event – so please use common sense before setting out. We will still have a couple of members on site in case you have any questions.

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Posted on 9 July, 2013, in Observing News, Popular Science, Public Meetings, Stargazing and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on July 2013 – Midday Solar Observing.

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