Dear Friends and Neighbors,
This Saturday, June 17, Stargazer Observatory will be open from 12:00PM-2:00PM for solar viewing. Since we are so close to solstice, it just doesn’t get dark until very late to do a night viewing, so I thought we’d use this opportunity to observe our nearest stellar neighbor, the sun. The sun is really an amazing place. Even on its quietest days, it’s converting 4.5 million tons of mass into energy every second. That’s just about equivalent to a small mountain every second! We experience this energy primarily as light, but when we examine the sun in detail, we discover the sun is truly a complex structure governed by gravity, fusion, convection, and magnetism. On any given day, we might see sunspots, flares, filaments, and prominences. Dave and I will have two telescopes set up for this. One shows the solar photosphere, or the surface of the sun. The other shows the chromosphere, which is where we see solar flares. As an added bonus, the first 15 people to show up will receive a pair of fashionable solar glasses.
As always, even in the daytime, the open house is weather permitting. I hope to see you out there.
PS: Wear Sunscreen!
Front Range Community College-Larimer Campus