For three weekends in July, Ohio Wesleyan University’s “Place for Space” also becomes the “Sun Spot” — as Perkins Observatory hosts its popular “Celebration of the Sun” daytime skywatches.
The special Saturday-only programs will be held at 4 p.m. July 11, 18 and 25 at the observatory, 3199 Columbus Pike (U.S. 23), Delaware.
The “Celebration of the Sun” events replace the observatory’s Friday night skywatches for the month, when the sun sets too late to schedule evening programs, said Tom Burns, director of the observatory. Weather permitting, those attending the July programs will celebrate, discuss and observe the sun using special telescopes and eclipse glasses.
Perkins staff and volunteers will help guests to observe sunspots and solar prominences – explosions on the sun’s surface, Burns said. He cautions it is unsafe for people to look at the sun, “our day star,” without the appropriate eye protection and supervision of trained astronomers.
Other “Celebration of the Sun” activities may include rocket launches, sundial demonstrations, views of a 1,000-yard model of the solar system, tours of the observatory and, of course, the Perkins ghost story.
The observatory will return to its regularly scheduled Friday evening programs on July 31. Weather permitting, those events include stargazing with the facility’s 32-inch Schottland Telescope.
Reservations are strongly recommended for all Perkins Observatory events, as many programs sell out. Advance tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for children (17 and under), and $6 for senior citizens (62 and older). Tickets are $2 more if purchased at the door. To reserve tickets or determine at-the-door availability, call 740-363-1257.
Founded in 1923, Perkins Observatory is an active research facility used by Ohio Wesleyan students and faculty. “The Place for Space” also conducts hundreds of public programs and welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year. Learn more at http://perkins.owu.edu.