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Saturday Solar Viewing at Foothill Observatory
Foothill Observatory is open for public viewing every clear Saturday morning Saturday Solar Viewing: 10 a.m. – Noon
Visitors to these daytime programs can view details of the sun through our special safe solar filters. We are able to provide spectacular views through both white-light and hydrogen-alpha (0.6 Angstrom) filters. Visitors can inspect two different layers of the sun – the photosphere and the chromosphere. Depending on solar activity, guests will see sunspots (giant cooler areas on the sun’s surface), solar prominences (huge flame-like eruptions), and solar flares (titanic explosions).
Foothill Observatory is open for public viewing every clear Friday evening. Friday Evening Public Viewing: 9 – 11 p.m.
Visitors can view the wonders of the universe through the observatory’s new computer-controlled 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. Views of objects in our solar system may include craters and mountains on the moon, the moons and cloud-bands of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, etc. The choice of targets for any evening’s viewing depends on the season and what objects are currently in the sky. Please note that the observatory is closed when the weather is cloudy.
The public viewing programs at Foothill are free of charge and are open to guests of all ages. Note that visitor parking permits are available from the machines in the parking lots for $3.00.
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