Celebration of the Sun

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Ohio Wesleyan University's Perkins Observatory will host three daytime "Celebration of the Sun" events in July. The Saturday-only celebrations will be held at 4 p.m. July 12, 19, and 26 at the observatory, 3199 Columbus Pike (U.S. 23), Delaware. And you want to get your reservation now because these are popular events.

The annual Celebration of the Sun replaces the observatory's Friday night programs in July, when the days are longer and the sun rules the sky. Participants will celebrate, discuss, and observe the sun using special telescopes and eclipse glasses – weather permitting, said Tom Burns, director of the observatory.

Perkins staff and volunteers will help guests to observe sunspots and solar prominences – explosions on the sun's surface, Burns said. He cautions it is not safe for people to look at the sun without appropriate eye protection and the careful supervision of trained astronomers.

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.

The observatory will hold its regularly scheduled Friday evening programs at all other times. Those events 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.