Telescopic Observing

Observe the heavens during the daytime or night with Museum staff!

Prominence on the Sun - July 26, 2012

Observe the Skies
Museum in Washington, DC

Use the Observatory's safe solar telescopes to take a close-up look at our nearest star, the Sun. Learn about solar activity and its effects on Earth from knowledgeable staff and volunteers.

11:00 am to 3:00 pm on the following dates:

12:00 pm to 3:00 pm on the following dates:

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Saturday Star Party

Saturday Star Party
Sky Meadows State Park, near Paris, Virginia

Join star party host Sean O'Brien of the Museum's Albert Einstein Planetarium and amateur astronomers for telescopic observing under dark, star-filled skies, away from city lights.

4:30 pm to 7:30 pm on the following dates:

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm on the following dates:

7:30 pm to 10:30 pm on the following dates:

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on the following dates: