From our earliest childhood we are told that looking at the sun is dangerous – and it is if done incorrectly.
At Hastings Museum, however, we offer an opportunity for you to use a specially equipped telescope to safely look at the sun – to get an up close look at the star at the center of our solar system! You’ll have a chance to see the sun in rich, rewarding detail! And the best part? It’s free!
That’s right, Hastings Museum offers free observing the fourth Saturday of every month from 11:00 a.m. to noon, from April through September.
Please Note: No solar observing in July due to a special booking. Solar observing will be offered Aug. 13 & 14 (Saturday & Sunday), 1-5 p.m., during Kool-Aid Days! Future dates: Sat, Aug. 27: 11:00 and Sat, Sept. 24: 11:00
During the free solar observing, Hastings Museum staff set up a telescope for safe solar viewing right on the front patio of the Museum. If you look through the telescope, what will you see? What will you see if you look at the sun using only a special filter? Come find out!
Note: Solar observing is held April through September and is on hiatus October through March.