Solar Astronomy

g4131 For only the fourth time this year, I hope to be able to bring my solar telescopes to the Victoria Park Boardwalk (body aches permitting).

The Sun is slowly dropping in solar activity and that means fewer sunspots and solar prominences. Now is the time to see these amazing features.

If you are in the area stop by, take a look and get a free pair of solar viewing glasses, sponsored by the Association of PEI Optometrists.

My observing plan is as follows: Saturday, July 11, 2015: Victoria Park Boardwalk, 12:30 – 2:30PM 0

g4131Saturday, July 4 and I have had my telescopes out under the skies a total of two times this year due to my illness. Disappointing it is.

Today I hope to be able to do some solar observing from noon to two o’clock at Victoria Park Boardwalk. Cloud forecasts range from clear skies to 40% cover to totally clouded over so today will be a craps shoot.

Of course all of this is moot if my body does not feel well enough to lift and set up the telescopes.

If you are in the area, drop by and check out some solar prominences, sunspots and get a free pair of safe solar viewers courtesy of the great people from the Prince Edward Island Association of Optometrists.


g4131Hoping that my leg pains will subside sufficiently, I plan to go to the Boardwalk tonight to observe the rare conjunction of Jupiter and Venus. Maybe we will get to see Saturn and Moon as well.

As the moon will be 97% illuminated, most deep space objects will not be observable.  However the Sun sets a little after nine tonight so I plan to do some solar observing early in the evening.

If you are in the area, come say hello see the Sun, Moon and a few planets. Maybe you can get a pair of safe solar glasses too.

Here is my observing plan which is of course weather dependent. June 30, 7-11PM, Victoria Park Boardwalk (near the swimming pool) 1

g4131As my health slowly improves I hope to do more observing and sidewalk astronomy but it is on a day to day basis, as unpredictable as the weather here on Prince Edward Island.

Old Sol doesn’t have much to offer today as the sunspot area AR2371 rotates out of view and there is minimal activity on the solar disk, However, it will be interesting to see any prominences and the emerging new sunspot area on the eastern limb.

If the clouds permit, and my aches and pains allow, I plan to be at the Boardwalk between noon and two o’clock today. If you are in the area, come see the Sun and get a pair of safe solar viewing glasses, sponsored by the Association of Prince Edward Island Optometrists. 0

Wow, did everyone see the Sun in the sky today? I had almost forgotten what it looked like! If conditions permit I will be solar observing at Indigo on University […]

g4131Even though the Sun has been extremely quiet since the X-flare of a week ago, and sunspots have been rare there is some reason for optimism.

The latest images reveal a series of sunspots moving from the backside to our side of the Sun, including some complex regions.

Time to do some solar observing today, providing the gusty Prince Edward island winds allow. 0

A question that often gets asked when I present the safe solar viewers is if they can be used for eclipses. Obviously the answer is yes, as that is the purpose […]