Become an astronomer and observe the Sun safely with a filtered telescope. Join us at the Eisenhower Memorial, located across Independence Avenue from the Museum entrance, to view a variety of features on the Sun. Knowledgeable staff will be there to answer questions and guide observing.

No reservations are necessary to participate. This program generally takes place on Fridays and Saturdays, but will be cancelled in the case of inclement weather. For last-minute updates, call the Astronomy Education number at 202-633-2517.

Accessibility: Written and touchable explanatory materials are available for learners of all types.

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The Sun in hydrogen-alpha light, viewed through a safe filtered telescope. Several prominences are visible extending past the Sun's edges.

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The Sun in white light, viewed through a safe filtered telescope. Two groups of dark sunspots are visible on the Sun's surface.

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Sponsored by
Thomas W. Haas Foundation
Otto Haas Charitable Trust
The Waterman Trust
Wyncote Foundation
How to attend

The Eisenhower Memorial

Located at Independence Ave and 6th Street SW, across from the entrance to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC