See the sun at Zacheis planetarium

(01-25-2012)

Adams State College Zacheis Planetarium and the Adams State astronomy club will host a public sun viewing and program on Saturday, Feb. 4. Telescopes will be set up from 1 until 3 p.m. outside the planetarium to allow visitors to view the sun safely. Solar features such as sunspots, solar flares and prominences, and surface filaments can be seen through the planetarium's telescopes.

A 30-minute program will cover how the sun generates energy, how that energy escapes into space, and how those processes lead to the features we can see, as well as the 11-year solar cycle and the effects of "solar storms" here on earth. The program will be offered in the planetarium at 1:15 and again at 2:15.

Warning: Never look at the sun through a telescope or binoculars unless you have filters that are designed for safe solar viewing and are correctly installed. The telescopes at Zacheis planetarium have appropriate filters, and volunteers will be attending each telescope continuously to be sure that they remain properly in place.

The sun viewing is free and open to the general public. For further information, contact Dr. Robert Astalos, director of Zacheis Planetarium, at rjastalos@adams.edu or 719-587-7821.