Solar SUNday 24th June, 11 am to 3 pm (or later), observing the Sun using a variety of solar telescopes.
At our observatory at Kenley. Open to the public. Open regardless of the weather from 11 am.
In the same format as in previous years, from 11 am to at least 3 pm (and possibly into the night if it's still clear) using equipment from several members. We have the usual white light for sunspots but also Hydrogen alpha for prominences, filaments and flares, and even in Calcium light for more energetic features. In addition to visual observing some members will also be imaging, with results to be seen there and then.
Please note: this ‘open to the public’ event is organised by the society and several safety rules and guidelines apply.
Looking at the Sun can be dangerous; attendance at the event is conditional by all attendees following the rules and guidelines on the day. Never touch or view through any telescope without the owner being right with you.
Any non-member bringing equipment must have its use authorised by a committee member. Do not use any equipment without it being specifically modified for safe use on the Sun.
This event as always is dependent on the weather so please look out for late notifications (particularly on the morning) on this website, Facebook and our forum.
Though we are aiming for the 24th, if the weather is poor then it may be postponed to the following week, Sunday 1st July, as either of these dates are close to the summer solstice when we traditionally hold this event. If the 24th June goes ahead we may also hold the event again, as detail on the Sun is always changing.
As usual, given it'll be in daylight and the duration of the event, you may wish to bring some food and drink. We have hot water so everything else will need to be provided by yourselves.
Weather permitting, towards evening the large and bright planet Jupiter will be seen in telescopes, even from about 8 pm against a blue sky, with the ringed planet Saturn visible from about 11 pm. The waxing gibbous Moon will also be visible from early evening.
Waterhouse Lane, off Hayes Lane (west of Kenley Aerodrome) CR8 5EP.
Please note: there is no parking at the observatory itself (motorcycles are allowed).
The Sun in ordinary white light is displayed daily here (amongst other things):