Celebration of the Sun Returns in July at Perkins Observatory
Everyone is invited to soak up the sun in July at three daytime “Celebration of the Sun” events at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Perkins Observatory along U.S. 23 in southern Delaware, Ohio.
The special Saturday celebrations will be held at 4 p.m. July 14, 21, and 28, replacing the regular Friday night programs during those weeks.
Participants will celebrate, discuss, and observe the sun using special telescopes and eclipse glasses, weather permitting, said Tom Burns, director of the observatory. Burns cautions it is not safe for people to look at the sun without appropriate eye protection and the careful supervision of trained astronomers.
Perkins staff and volunteers will help guests to observe sunspots and solar prominences – explosions on the sun’s surface, he said.
Other planned “Celebration of the Sun” activities include rocket launches, sundial demonstrations, views of a 1,000-yard model of the solar system, tours of the observatory, and, of course, the Perkins ghost story.
In June, the observatory will hold its regular Friday evening programs, which include stargazing with the facility’s 32-inch Schottland Telescope, weather permitting.
Reservations are strongly recommended for all Perkins Observatory events as many programs sell out in advance.
Advance tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for children (17 and under), and $6 for senior citizens (62 and older). Tickets are $2 more if purchased at the door. To reserve tickets or determine at-the-door availability, call (740) 363-1257. Learn more at perkins-observatory.org.