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Highland Road Park Observatory


One Saturday per month from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
No admission fee. For all ages.
(solar viewer, $2.00 each)

The hobby of astronomy immediately brings to mind thoughts of darkened backyards and dimly-lit nighttime activities at HRPO. But patrons also have the option of visiting during daylight hours to see our parent star.

Weather permitting, once monthly HRPO personnel offers three views of the Sun☉…

  • 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm - indirect projection onto white viewing surface // Patrons get a sense of the speed of Earth♁’s rotation as they see the Sun☉’s image slide on or off the projection device. [Learning Technologies Sunspotter]
  • 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm - safely-filtered optical light sent through standard telescope // This option allows patrons to spy sunspots both small and large. [Orion 10" Skyquest Dobsonian Reflector]
  • 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm - hydrogen-alpha light // Flares and prominences are seen easily in this wavelength. [Coronado Solar Max II 90mm]

The Saturdays in 2019 for solar viewing are…

19 January
23 February
Solar viewing in March will take place during NanoDays.
20 April
Solar viewing in May will take place during International Astronomy Day.
Solar viewing in June will take place during A.R.R.L. Field Day.
13 July
10 August
14 September
26 October
23 November
14 December

March, May and June will have special Solar Viewing times. For all other months, the times are 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

The solar viewers for sale look like cardboard sunglasses, but they block over 99% of the entirety of the Sun☉’s light and therefore keep eyes safe. The solar viewers are not toys. Please follow all instructions listed on the viewer.

Want to have a keepsake of your visit? Download the Solar Sketching Form below and use your personal artistry to remember your view of the Sun…

Solar Sketching Form DOCX

LSU students take advantage of special solar viewing session on 25 April 2017.
LSU students take advantage of special solar viewing session on 25 April 2017.

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Thursday, January 17, 2019, 12:00 PM.

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