Astronomical 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.

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

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Transit of Mercury 2003

Observe the Transit of Mercury
Museum in Washington, DC

Use the Observatory's safe solar telescopes to observe Mercury as it crosses the disk of the Sun.  Mercury is too small to see with unmagnified solar viewers like eclipse glasses, so join us for a safe view of the transit. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers will be available to discuss the significance of the transit.

7:00 am to 3:00 pm on the following dates:

Public Observatory

Stargazing at the Public Observatory
Museum in Washington, DC

The National Air and Space Museum’s Public Observatory will be open for special nighttime stargazing. Do not miss this chance to see an array of celestial objects through a powerful professional telescope as well as additional portable telescopes.

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm on the following dates:

8:30 pm to 10:00 pm on the following dates:

9:00 pm to 10:00 pm on the following dates: