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Solar Observing Session Information

SPRING 2014

Solar observing sessions will be held in the late morning/early afternoon for one week at the Campus Observatory, southeast of Foellinger Auditorium. Observing will take place on the south lawn of the Observatory (between the Observatory and Morrow Plots) using telescopes with specially-designed filters. These filters block 99.999% of the sunlight and make it safe to observe the Sun. Astronomy Department personnel will be present to operate and explain the telescope and the solar phenomena being viewed. Freely ask questions and sketch what you see.

Dates & Times

The scheduled dates & times for solar observing are listed below.

The following dates have been added to the schedule on account of cloudy weather during the first week:

You may arrive when you wish, but be sure to allow approximately 20-30 minutes complete the observations before the end of session.

All are welcome to look through the telescopes, including your friends.

Weather-Related Cancellations

Observing can be done only if the sky is clear. Sometimes it will be clear an hour before a session is to start, only to cloud over in the next hour. At other times the sky is cloudy at the time we want to open the observatory and it clears up after the TAs have left. It is obvious to say that the professors and TAs who are involved cannot control the weather, but we try to cope with the circumstances as best we can.

Also, if the temperature is under 20 F, the session will be cancelled.

Subscribe to the Solar Observing Session Status Update Blog below to receive notifications when a session is canceled due to weather conditions.

Solar Observing Session Status Updates

Updates for scheduled solar observing sessions, including weather-related cancellations, will be posted to the Astronomy Solar Observing Session Status Update Blog.

You can subscribe to the blog or the RSS feed to get updates sent to you automatically!

The latest status updates will also be posted on this page.

  • Solar Observing, Wednesday April 16 - OPEN

    Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:00:00 CDT

    <p>It looks like the weather is working in our favor today.&nbsp; Sunny skys with observing starting at 10:30am.&nbsp; We hope to see you there.</p> ... Full Details

  • Makeup Solar Observing: Wednesday April 16

    Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:00:00 CDT

    <p>Due to the weather today, we will have another makeup solar observing session on Wednesday, April 16, 10:30am - 1:30pm.</p> ... Full Details

  • Solar observing Closed April 15

    Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:00:00 CDT

    <p>It's snowing!</p> <p>So the rest of today's session will be closed.&nbsp;</p> ... Full Details

  • Solar observing Open! April 15

    Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:30:00 CDT

    <p>Although it is a bit cloudy now, we can still see the Sun. Come down for solar observing!</p> ... Full Details

  • Solar Observing Cancelled, April 14

    Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:30:00 CDT

    <p>Due to cloudy weather and rain, solar observing has been cancelled.</p> ... Full Details

Post to the Observing Session Status Update Blog (Staff only).