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Sunlight: The Solar Telescope

When:

Sat 30 May 2015, 12:00pm–2:00pm

Where: Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, 326 Main St, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: temanawa09

The Palmerston North Astronomical Society presents: Solar Viewing in the Te Manawa courtyard 12 - 2pm (weather permitting).

"The Sun is the centerpiece of our Solar System. It is the source of energy of all life on Earth, and without it, none of us, in fact none of the planets, would be here.

Understanding the Sun, therefore, is critical to understanding our place on Earth, and in space, and is crucial to maintaining our balance of energy on this planet, as well as our understanding of such diverse fields as climatology, meteorology, hydrology, pollution forecasting, solar power, agriculture and materials testing.

We are familiar with the Sun as being our main source of visible light, but the Sun also produces a wide range of other types of ‘invisible light’, including infra-red and ultraviolet radiation. It is dangerous to look at the Sun directly, especially through a telescope, but the special filters being used today allow us to view the Sun’s surface through our telescope, at high magnification, and in real time.

Using this filter, we are able to see details on the Sun’s surface. Depending on what’s happening on the surface, we’ll see prominences, filaments and sunspots. You may also see the graininess of the Sun’s surface; it’s not a smooth ball of gas!"

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