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  • Fri Nov 15 open

    Solar observing is open 11:30-2:30 on Fri Nov 15

  • November 14th Solar Observing - Cancelled

    Solar observing is cancelled for the rest of the day due to clouds.

  • November 14, Closed

    Clouds moved in, later assistants may change this if it clears up again.

  • November 14, Open but cloudy

    Clouds are on and off which may hinder imaging, but will stay open as long as sun is visible.

  • November 13th - Closed due to clouds

    It is now too cloudy to observe.

  • Wednesday, November 13th - Open But Poor Conditions

    It's somewhat clear and right at the edge of being too cold but we will be open as long as we can. Visibility of the sun may be compromised so viewing is hit or miss. 

  • Tuesday, November 12 - CLOSED FOR COLD!

    Although the skies are sunny, the temperatures are forecast to stay below our safe operating temperature of 20 F. The Observatory will be closed today. We will add a session on Friday of this week, which is forecast to be clear and warm(er).

  • Monday, November 11 - Closed

    Due to the forecast for rain and snow today, the Observatory will not be open for the transit of Mercury or solar observing today.

     We will be open for solar observing tomorrow, 10:30am to 2:30pm, weather permitting.

  • Nov. 7: CORRECTION. Solar observing will end at 2:30 pm.

    Solar observing will remain open from now until 2:30 pm (not 3:00 pm).

  • Solar Observing open at 12:40 pm

    Solar observing will open at 12:40 pm and hopefully remain open until 3:00 pm.

  • Thursday, November 7th: Postponed

    Solar observing is postponed due to cloud coverage. We will open again when it is clear out.

  • Wednesday Nov. 6 - Solar Observing Closed after 1:30 pm

    Clouds have moved in, so solar observing will be canceled after 1:30 PM.

  • Wednesday, November 6th - UPDATE Open!

    It has cleared up and the observatory is now open!

  • Wednesday, November 6th - Closed

    Due to the layer of clouds blocking the sun, solar observing is closed. Should the weather clear up, solar observing may resume later in the day.

  • Tuesday, November 5 - OPEN!

    The Observatory is currently open until 2:30pm!

  • Solar Observing Canceled Monday, Nov 4

    Unfortunately, the skies remain cloudy. Solar observing will be canceled for the rest of Monday, November 4th. We will try again tomorrow.

  • Solar observing cancelled until 1:00

    Due to cloudy skies, solar observing is canceled until 1:00. 

  • Welcome to Solar Observing - Fall 2019!


    Welcome to Solar Observing for Fall 2019!

    Solar observing sessions will be held in the late morning/early afternoon for one week at the Campus Observatory, southeast of Foellinger Auditorium. Observing will take place in the Observatory Dome using the 12-inch telescope with specially-designed filters. 

    The scheduled dates & times for solar observing are listed below. Note that the start time has been changed to 11:30am.

    • Monday, November 4, 11:30am - 2:30 pm
    • Tuesday, November 5, 11:30am - 2:30 pm
    • Wednesday, November 6, 11:30am - 2:30 pm
    • Thursday, November 7, 11:30am - 2:30 pm

    You may arrive when you wish, but be sure to allow approximately 20-30 minutes complete the observations before the end of session.

    Clear skies!